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Aitken, (Adam) Jack (1921–1998), lexicographer and philologist, was born on 19 June 1921 in Edinburgh, the only son and eldest of the three children of Adam Aitken (1896–1958), miner, and his first wife, Alexandrina Sutherland (1896–1931). He was baptized into the Church of Scotland...

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Burchfield, Robert William (1923–2004), lexicographer, was born on 27 January 1923 at 58 Pitt Street, Wanganui, New Zealand, the younger son of Frederick Burchfield (1891–1979), formerly a coalminer and subsequently an electricity company employee, and his wife, Mary Lauder, née Blair (1894–1974). His father was born in the village of ...

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R. M. J. Jones

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Evans, William (d. 1776?), Presbyterian minister and lexicographer, was probably born in Carmarthenshire, perhaps in Cefngwili, Llanedi. He is believed to have been educated at Carmarthen Academy under Dr Jenkins between 1768 and 1772. His chief claim to notice is based on his work ...

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Robert Hunter (1823–1897) by G. Haworth by permission of the Geological Society of London

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Hunter, Robert (1823–1897), Free Church of Scotland missionary, geologist, and lexicographer, was born at Newburgh, Fife, on 3 September 1823, son of John Mackenzie Hunter (d. 1878), an excise officer and a native of Wigtownshire, and his wife, Agnes Strickland of Ulverston, Lancashire...

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J. C. Hadden

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Longmuir, John (1803–1883), poet and lexicographer, was born on 13 November 1803 near Stonehaven, Kincardineshire, the son of John Longmuir and his wife, Christian Paterson. In 1814 his parents moved to Aberdeen, where he was educated at the grammar school, and at Marischal College...

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MacAlpine [McAlpine], Neil (1786–1867), lexicographer, was born in Kilchoman, island of Islay, the son of Dugald McAlpine, a house carpenter, and his wife, Betsy, née McAlpine. After attending university and theological college (probably in Edinburgh) he spent much of his life as a parochial schoolmaster at ...

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Robertson, William (fl. 1651–1685), grammarian and lexicographer, was born in Scotland of unknown parentage. He had graduated MA at the University of Edinburgh by 1651 and was possibly the William Robertson laureated by Duncan Forrester in 1645 (DNB). Robertson, who '...

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Shaw, William (1749–1831), Gaelic grammarian and lexicographer, was born on 3 February 1749 at Clachaig on the island of Arran. He received his early education in Ayr and, from about 1768, at the University of Glasgow, where he was awarded the degree of MA, apparently in 1772, though one source gives 1777 as the date of his graduation. While a student he taught at a grammar school in ...

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Stormonth, James (1824–1882), Episcopalian minister and lexicographer, was reputedly born in Edinburgh (The Athenaeum, 11 Feb 1882), the son of James Stormonth, fish curer, and his wife, Jane, née Robertson. He had at least one younger brother. He was educated at the ...

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John Walker (1732–1807) by Henry Ashby, 1802 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Walker, John (1732–1807), elocutionist, orthoepist, and lexicographer, was born on 18 March 1732 at Colney Heath, a hamlet in the parish of Friern Barnet, Middlesex, on the eastern side of Finchley Common. Nothing is known about his father, except that he died when ...