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Irving, David (1778–1860), literary scholar and librarian, was born on 5 December 1778 in Langholm, Dumfriesshire, the youngest son of Janetus Irving, a baker, and Helen, née Little, whose family farmed at Canonbie, outside Langholm. He was educated both at the grammar school and at a small private school at ...

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Thomas William Lyster (1855–1922) by John Butler Yeats courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

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Lyster, Thomas William (1855–1922), librarian and literary scholar, was born on 17 December 1855 in Kilkenny, the elder son of Thomas Lyster of Rathdowney and Jane Smith of Roscrea. Lyster's father died early, leaving him as the main support of the family. Friends and colleagues were later to ascribe his strength of character and determination to this single event. He was educated at ...

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Powell, Lawrence Fitzroy (1881–1975), literary scholar and librarian, was born at 235 Cowley Road, Oxford, on 9 August 1881. He was the youngest of the seven children of Harry Powell (1830–1886), a trumpeter, who was wounded in the charge of the light brigade...

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Smith, Lucy Toulmin (1838–1911), literary scholar and librarian, was born at Boston, Massachusetts, USA, on 21 November 1838, of English parents, Joshua Toulmin Smith (1816–1869), barrister, and his wife, Martha (d. 1887), daughter of William Jones Kendall. Her great-great-grandfather was the eminent Unitarian divine ...

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Thyer, Robert (bap. 1709, d. 1781), librarian and literary editor, was born in Manchester and baptized at Manchester collegiate church on 20 February 1709, the son of Robert Thyer (bap. 1672), a silk weaver or barber, and Elizabeth Brabant, who married on 25 August 1703. Educated at ...

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Joseph Burney Trapp (1925–2005) by Mary Price, c. 1976 © Warburg Institute

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Trapp, Joseph Burney (1925–2005), librarian, historian, and literary scholar, was born at Carterton in the southern part of North Island, New Zealand, on 16 July 1925, the son of (Henry Mansfield) Burney Trapp and his wife, Frances Melanie, née Wolters. His maternal grandfather had founded the agency for distributing and registering land tenure, which his father had joined. As a boy he went to ...

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Humfrey Wanley (1672–1726) by Thomas Hill, 1722 © Copyright The British Museum

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Wanley, Humfrey (1672–1726), Old English scholar and librarian, was born on 21 March 1672 at the Vicarage House adjoining Jesus Hall, Coventry, the youngest of five children of Nathaniel Wanley (1632/3–1680), vicar of Holy Trinity, Coventry (1662), and his wife, Ellen Burton (1632–1719)...