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Leslie Stephen

revised by Emma Major

Gordon, Thomas (d. 1750), pamphleteer and classical scholar, was born in Kirkcudbright. He may have been educated at some Scottish university before he became an advocate at the Scottish bar in 1716. He went to London as a young man and taught languages, and by 1719 was probably the author of the much-reprinted anti-clerical ...


Thompson Cooper

revised by Richard Smail

Ornsby, Robert (1820–1889), classical scholar and biographer, was the third son of George Ornsby of Lanchester, Durham. George Ornsby was his eldest brother. He matriculated in 1836 at Lincoln College, Oxford, where he became a friend of Mark Pattison. Obtaining one of Lord Crewe's...