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Barker, Joseph (1806–1875), Methodist minister and politico-religious controversialist, was born on 11 May 1806 at Bramley, near Leeds. His ancestors, originally of Keighley, had been settled in this area for several generations as farmers and manufacturers. The identity of his parents has not been discovered, though it is known that his father was employed in woollen manufacture and served for some time in the militia, and that ...

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Hitchens, Christopher Eric (1949–2011), journalist and author, was born on 13 April 1949 at 3 Nettlecombe Avenue, Southsea, Portsmouth, the elder son of Eric Ernest Hitchens (1909–1987), a Royal Navy commander, and his wife, Yvonne Jeanne (or Jean), née Hickman (d. 1973)...

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James [née Banckes], Elinor [Eleanor] (1644/5–1719), printer and polemicist, was the daughter of Mary Banckes; the name of her father is not known. By a marriage licence dated 27 October 1662, at the age of seventeen, she married Thomas James (c...

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Kravchinsky, Sergey Mikhailovich [pseud. Stepniak] (1851–1895), revolutionary and author, was born on 1 July 1851 os in Novy Starodub, Aleksandriya district, Kherson province of the Russian empire (roughly in the centre of what is now Ukraine). He was the second son and third of the four children of ...

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Linton, William James (1812–1897), wood-engraver, polemicist, and poet, was born on 7 December 1812 in Ireland's Row at Mile End in London, probably the second among four children of William Linton, a provision broker in the London docks, and his second wife, Mary (...

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Macaulay [née Sawbridge; other married name Graham], Catharine (1731–1791), historian and political polemicist, was born on 2 April 1731 at Olantigh in the parish of Wye, Kent, second daughter of John Sawbridge (1699–1762), landowner, and his second wife, Dorothy Wanley (1713–1733), daughter of ...

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Shaw, George Bernard (1856–1950), playwright and polemicist, was born on 26 July 1856 at 3 Upper Synge Street (later 33 Synge Street), Dublin. He was the third and youngest child, and only son, of George Carr Shaw (1815–1885), a pensioned law-court clerk and failing corn merchant, and ...