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Sir Samuel Ferguson (1810–1886) by unknown photographer by permission of the Royal Irish Academy © Royal Irish Academy

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Ferguson, Sir Samuel (1810–1886), poet and archivist, was born on 10 March 1810, in High Street, Belfast, the youngest of the six children of John Ferguson (d. 1845) and his wife, Agnes, née Knox (d. 1861), daughter of John Knox, a clockmaker, in whose house the birth took place. His father, whose Scottish forebears had settled in ...

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Philip Arthur Larkin (1922–1985) by Humphrey Ocean, 1984 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Larkin, Philip Arthur (1922–1985), poet, writer, and librarian, was born at 2 Poultney Road, Radford, Coventry, on 9 August 1922, the only son and younger child of Sydney Larkin (1884–1948), city treasurer of Coventry, who came from Lichfield, and his wife, Eva Emily Day (1886–1977)...

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Plarr, Victor Gustave (1863–1929), poet and librarian, was born on 21 June 1863 at Le Kupferhammer, near Strasbourg, the only son of Dr Gustavus Plarr (d. 1892), a distinguished Alsatian mathematician and foreign corresponding member of the British Association from 1857 to 1892, and ...

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Westwood, Thomas (1814–1888), poet and bibliographer of angling, was born on 26 November 1814 at Westwood Cottage, The Chase, Enfield, and was baptized at St Andrew's, Enfield, on 1 January 1815, the youngest son of Thomas Westwood of Enfield and his wife, Mary...

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Wodhull, Michael (1740–1816), book collector and poet, was born at Thenford, Northamptonshire, on 15 August 1740, the only son of John Wodhull (1678–1754) of Thenford and his second wife, Rebecca (1702–1794), the daughter of Charles Watkins of Aynho. He was the last male in a line descended from ...