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Greg, Sir Walter Wilson (1875–1959), literary scholar and bibliographer, was born on 9 July 1875 at Park Lodge, Wimbledon Common, the only son of William Rathbone Greg (1809–1881), a social and political commentator, and his second wife, Julia, second daughter of James Wilson (1805–1860)...

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Heath, Benjamin (1704–1766), literary scholar and book collector, was born at Exeter on 20 April 1704, the eldest son of Benjamin Heath (1672?–1728), fuller and merchant of Exeter, who married Elizabeth Kelland (buried at St Leonard's, Exeter, in October 1723). His father was a prominent Baptist and he was not baptized in ...

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Irving, David (1778–1860), literary scholar and librarian, was born on 5 December 1778 in Langholm, Dumfriesshire, the youngest son of Janetus Irving, a baker, and Helen, née Little, whose family farmed at Canonbie, outside Langholm. He was educated both at the grammar school and at a small private school at ...

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Thomas William Lyster (1855–1922) by John Butler Yeats courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

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Lyster, Thomas William (1855–1922), librarian and literary scholar, was born on 17 December 1855 in Kilkenny, the elder son of Thomas Lyster of Rathdowney and Jane Smith of Roscrea. Lyster's father died early, leaving him as the main support of the family. Friends and colleagues were later to ascribe his strength of character and determination to this single event. He was educated at ...

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McKenzie, Donald Francis (1931–1999), bibliographer and literary scholar, was born on 5 June 1931 in Timaru, South Canterbury, New Zealand, the eldest of the five children of Leslie Olson McKenzie (b. c.1910), a bootmaker, and his wife, Millicent Irene, née Last (...

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McKerrow, Ronald Brunlees (1872–1940), bibliographer and literary scholar, was born at Putney, Surrey, on 12 December 1872, the only son of Alexander McKerrow, civil engineer, and grandson of William McKerrow, one-time moderator of the Presbyterian Church of England. His mother was Mary Jane...

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Offor, George (1787–1864), literary editor and book collector, was the son of George Offor. He started in business as a bookseller at 2 Postern Row, Tower Hill, London, from which he retired with a competency. By the advice of his friend J. S. C. S. Frey...

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Pollard, Alfred William (1859–1944), bibliographer and scholar of English literature, was born at 1 Brompton Square, Kensington, London, on 14 August 1859, the youngest son of a physician, Edward William Pollard, and his second wife, Emma Louisa, daughter of George Edward Thompson, a shipowner, of ...

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Alfred William Pollard (1859–1944) by Frank Brooks, 1928 © Copyright The British Museum

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Powell, Lawrence Fitzroy (1881–1975), literary scholar and librarian, was born at 235 Cowley Road, Oxford, on 9 August 1881. He was the youngest of the seven children of Harry Powell (1830–1886), a trumpeter, who was wounded in the charge of the light brigade...

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Sidney Lee

revised by Richard W. Clement

Reed, Isaac (1742–1807), literary editor and book collector, was born on 1 January 1742 at Stewart Street, near the Old Artillery Ground, London, the son of Isaac Reed (d. 1757), a baker, and his wife, Margaret, née Adamson (d. 1788). His father, whose shop was in ...

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Smith, Lucy Toulmin (1838–1911), literary scholar and librarian, was born at Boston, Massachusetts, USA, on 21 November 1838, of English parents, Joshua Toulmin Smith (1816–1869), barrister, and his wife, Martha (d. 1887), daughter of William Jones Kendall. Her great-great-grandfather was the eminent Unitarian divine ...

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C. W. Sutton

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Thyer, Robert (bap. 1709, d. 1781), librarian and literary editor, was born in Manchester and baptized at Manchester collegiate church on 20 February 1709, the son of Robert Thyer (bap. 1672), a silk weaver or barber, and Elizabeth Brabant, who married on 25 August 1703. Educated at ...

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Joseph Burney Trapp (1925–2005) by Mary Price, c. 1976 © Warburg Institute

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Trapp, Joseph Burney (1925–2005), librarian, historian, and literary scholar, was born at Carterton in the southern part of North Island, New Zealand, on 16 July 1925, the son of (Henry Mansfield) Burney Trapp and his wife, Frances Melanie, née Wolters. His maternal grandfather had founded the agency for distributing and registering land tenure, which his father had joined. As a boy he went to ...

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Wanley, Humfrey (1672–1726), Old English scholar and librarian, was born on 21 March 1672 at the Vicarage House adjoining Jesus Hall, Coventry, the youngest of five children of Nathaniel Wanley (1632/3–1680), vicar of Holy Trinity, Coventry (1662), and his wife, Ellen Burton (1632–1719)...

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Humfrey Wanley (1672–1726) by Thomas Hill, 1722 © Copyright The British Museum

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Wheatley, Henry Benjamin (1838–1917), bibliographer and editor, was born on 2 May 1838 in London, posthumous son of Benjamin Wheatley, an auctioneer, and his wife, Madalina Rosa Hibernia Burdett, née Abercromby. Soon orphaned, he was educated within the family, mainly by his brother ...

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Wilson, Frank Percy (1889–1963), literary scholar and bibliographer, was born at Birmingham on 11 October 1889, the youngest of the nine children of John Wilson (c.1846–1923), wholesaler, and his wife, Alice Mary While. He was educated in Birmingham, at Camp Hill...