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Allen, Alexander (1814–1842), philologist and classical scholar, was born at Hackney, Middlesex, on 23 September 1814, the son of John Allen (1771–1839), a dissenting layman and author of A History of Modern Judaism (1816), and his wife, Charlotte Jane. He was educated at his father's school and at ...

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Balme, David Mowbray (1912–1989), university administrator and classical scholar, was born on 8 September 1912 at Carlisle, eldest of the four children of Harold Balme (1878–1953), a surgeon, and his wife, Hilda Carr (d. 1968). He spent his first ten years in ...

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Barham, Thomas Foster (1794–1869), physician and classical scholar, was born at Hendon, Middlesex, on 10 September 1794, the eldest son of six children born to Thomas Foster Barham (1766–1844) and his wife, Mary Ann Morton. Among his brothers, William Foster Barham (1802–1845) was a writer, ...

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Baxter, William (1650–1723), classicist and antiquary, was born in 1650 in Llanllugan in Montgomeryshire, the eldest son of John Baxter (d. 1681) and Catherine, née Bolliver. Richard Baxter, the divine, was the cousin of William's father, and upon Richard's death in 1691 ...

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Bingham, John (1612/13–1689), ejected minister and classical and oriental scholar, was born at Derby, the son of Henry Bingham. After attending Repton School from 1628, he was admitted sizar at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, on 10 June 1631, aged eighteen. Having moved to ...

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Henry, Robert Mitchell (1873–1950), classical scholar, was born on 11 February 1873 in Belfast, the eldest of the four sons of the Revd Robert Mitchell Henry (1824–1891), of 61 Botanic View (later University Road), Belfast, and his wife, Kate Anne (1838–1928), eldest daughter of the ...

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Palairet, Elias (1713–1765), classical and biblical philologist, was born in Rotterdam, of a French family which had taken refuge in the Netherlands following the revocation of the edict of Nantes in 1685. He studied at Leiden, where his first published work, the Histoire du patriarche Joseph mise en vers héroïques...

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Richard Porson (1759–1808) by John Hoppner, 1796 © Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

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Porson, Richard (1759–1808), classical scholar, was born on 25 December 1759 in East Ruston, a remote village in Norfolk, about 4 miles from the coast, the third of seven children, four of whom survived to adulthood, of Huggin Porson (d. 1806) and ...

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Shepreve, John (1509?–1542), classical scholar, was born in Sugworth, Berkshire; the Roman Catholic priest William Shepreve was his nephew. Having gained a scholarship to Corpus Christi College, Oxford, he was appointed a probationer fellow there in 1528. He graduated BA on 3 December 1529, and at an early age was held '...

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Warren, Sir (Thomas) Herbert (1853–1930), college head and classical scholar, was born at Cotham, a suburb of Bristol, on 21 October 1853, the second of three surviving sons and four daughters of Algernon William Warren, a wholesale druggist in Bristol, who held a leading position in the city as town councillor, alderman, and JP. His mother, ...