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McLean, (John David) Ruari McDowall Hardie (1917–2006), typographer and author, was born on 10 June 1917 at Herouncroft, Minnigaff, Newton Stewart, Kirkcudbrightshire, the only child of John Thomson McLean, a customs and excise officer, whose own father had been a shoemaker from Stranraer...

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William Morris (1834–1896) by George Frederic Watts, 1870 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Morris, William (1834–1896), designer, author, and visionary socialist, was born at Elm House, Walthamstow, on 24 March 1834, eldest surviving son and fourth of the ten children of William Morris (1797–1847), financier in the City of London, and his wife, Emma (1805–1894), daughter of ...

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Overs, John A. (1808–1844), author and cabinet-maker, was born in Birmingham, the eldest of the three sons of Richard Overs (1778–1851) and his wife, Elizabeth, née Mykins (or Meakins; d. c.1814). His father was descended from a staunchly Roman Catholic family of copyholders in the manor of ...

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Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812–1852) by John Rogers Herbert, 1845 RIBA Library Photographs Collection

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Pugin, Augustus Welby Northmore (1812–1852), architect, writer, and designer, was born on 1 March 1812 at 39 Keppel Street, Russell Square, London, the only child of Auguste Charles Pugin (1768/9–1832), architect, and Catherine Welby (c.1772–1833).

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Robertson [née Lewis], Doris Adeney, Lady Robertson, (1899–1981), architect, interior designer, and writer, was born in the suburb of Kew, Melbourne, Australia, on 8 March 1899, the daughter of John Reynolds Lewis, an agent and manufacturer, and his wife, Sarah Jane Agnes, ...

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Switzer, Stephen (bap. 1682, d. 1745), landscape designer and author, was baptized on 25 February 1682 at Micheldever and Stratton parish church, Hampshire, the second of two sons of Thomas Switzer (d. 1697), farmer, and his wife, Mary, née Hapgood (d...