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Burgh, James (1714–1775), educationist and author, was born late in 1714 at Madderty, Perthshire, one of the eleven children of Andrew Brugh (c.1677–1736) and Margaret Robertson (d. 1771), daughter of William Robertson of Gladney and an aunt of the historian ...

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Johannes Amos Comenius (1592–1670) by Wenceslaus Hollar, 1652 © Copyright The British Museum

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Comenius, Johannes Amos [Jan Amos Komenský] (1592–1670), theologian and educationist, was born on 28 March 1592, the only son of Martin Segeš Komenský (d. 1602), a burgher in Uherský Brod, and his wife, Anna (d. 1603). Comenius was born in Moravia...

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Paton, Alan Stewart (1903–1988), writer, educationist, and politician, was born on 11 January 1903 at 9 Greyling Street, Pietermaritzburg, Natal, the oldest of the four children, two boys and two girls, of James Paton (1872–1930), a Scottish shorthand writer who had emigrated to ...

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Percy, Eustace Sutherland Campbell, Baron Percy of Newcastle (1887–1958), politician and educationist, was born in London on 21 March 1887, the twelfth of the thirteen children and youngest of the seven sons of Henry George Percy, Earl Percy (1846–1918), from 1899 seventh duke of Northumberland...

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Samuel Wilderspin (1791–1866) by George T. Payne, pubd 1848 (after John Rogers Herbert) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Wilderspin, Samuel (1791–1866), educationist, was born on 23 March 1791 in Hornsey, London, the son of Alexander Wilderspin. His father, a follower of Swedenborg, was a member of the Church of the New Jerusalem, founded in London in 1787. Wilderspin was separated from his parents at the age of seven, sent to a school in ...