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Dagnall, Charles (d. 1774?), colliery owner and ivory comb maker, is a figure about whom biographical details are sparse. He lived at Eccleston on the edge of what became the industrial town of St Helens in Lancashire. Many people with the name of ...

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Dommett, Roy Leonard (1933–2015), missile scientist, was born on 25 June 1933 at 30 Wharncliffe Road, Itchen, Southampton, the son of Leonard Frank Dommett (1907–1996), a painter and decorator, and his wife Rose Eveline, née Diaper (1909–2006), both from the ...

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Evans, Meredydd (Merȇd) (1919–2015), writer, broadcaster, and political activist, was born on 9 December 1919 at Top Pentre, Llanegryn, Merioneth, the youngest of eleven children of Richard Evans, motor driver, later quarryman, and his wife Charlotte, née Pugh. His Christian name was given on his birth certificate as ...

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Fitzherbert, Dionys (c.1580– c.1641), writer on madness, was one of eleven children of Humphrey Fitzherbert and Ursula Waring (eight sons and three daughters). Her father owned land in Begbroke outside Oxford, where she was probably born, and where he built a substantial house at the beginning of the seventeenth century. Writing in ...

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Le Marchand, David (1674–1726), ivory carver, was born on 12 October 1674 in Dieppe, the son of Guillaume le Marchand, a painter and possibly also a carver of ivory, and his wife, Madeleine Levasseur, who married in 1658. After the revocation of the edict of Nantes in 1685 ...

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Lewis, Joseph (fl. 1750–1774), poet and ivory-turner, was born of untraced parentage, at an unknown date, possibly in Wales. By 1750 he was already living in London, but lines he wrote in praise of Sir John Philipps suggest that he may have spent his childhood in the neighbourhood of the ...

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Osborn, John (c. 1580–c. 1634), worker in pressed horn and whalebone, was born in Worcestershire, where he appears to have been engaged in making cases, sheaths, or small boxes in horn and other material. About 1600 he emigrated to the Netherlands, possibly for religious reasons, and settled at ...

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Sherley, Lady Teresa Sampsonia (c. 1589–1668), noblewoman, was born c.1589 to a Circassian ruler named Sampsuff or Sanfluf Iscaon [Isma`il Khan] (Chick, 144; Florencio, 25). Although often reduced to the nameless wife of the ‘famous English Persian’ ...

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Lady Teresa Sampsonia Sherley (c. 1589–1668), by British School, 1624-1627

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Stardust, Alvin [real name Bernard William Jewry; other stage name, Shane Fenton] (1942–2014), singer and guitarist, was born on 27 September 1942 at Prenton nursing home, East End Road, Finchley, London, the son of William Richard (Bill) Jewry (1909–1967), drapery salesman, and his wife ...