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Brooks, Ernest Walter (1863–1955), ancient historian and Syriac scholar, was born in Hambledon, Horndean, Hampshire, on 30 August 1863, the only child of the Revd Walter Brooks, curate of Hambledon, who died when Ernest was a child, and his wife, Emily Grace, née...


Costard, George (bap. 1710, d. 1782), writer on ancient astronomy, was baptized on 20 January 1710 at St Mary's Church, Shrewsbury, the son of the Revd Edward Coster, vicar of St Mary's, and his wife, Anne. Educated at Shrewsbury grammar school, in 1726 he matriculated at ...


Russell Meiggs (1902–1989) by Michael Noakes, 1972 Balliol College, Oxford / Michael Noakes


Meiggs, Russell (1902–1989), historian, was born on 20 October 1902 in Balham, London, the only son and younger child of William Herrick Meiggs, of no fixed occupation but who described himself on his son's birth certificate as 'general merchant', and his wife, Mary Gertrude May...


W. W. Wroth

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Mitford, William (1744–1827), historian of ancient Greece, born in London on 10 February 1744, was the elder son of John Mitford (d. 1761), barrister, of Exbury House, Hampshire, and his wife, Philadelphia, daughter of Willey Reveley of Newton Underwood and Throphill, Northumberland...


A. W. Pickard-Cambridge

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Newman, William Lambert (1834–1923), ancient historian and philosopher, the second son of Edmund Lambert Newman, solicitor, of Cheltenham, was born at Cheltenham on 21 August 1834. He was educated at Cheltenham College (1846–51) and at Balliol College, Oxford, which he entered as a scholar in 1851 and where his tutors were ...