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Alexander, Louis George (1932–2002), language teacher and author, was born Elias George Ftyaras on 15 January 1932 at 116 Sutherland Avenue, Maida Vale, London, the son of George Elias Ftyaras (b. c.1909), a Greek doctor who settled permanently in England, and his wife, ...

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Child, Francis James (1825–1896), philologist and ballad scholar, was born on 1 February 1825 in Boston, Massachusetts, to Joseph Child (1792–1879), sailmaker, and his wife, Alice, née James (d. 1839?). He attended Boston's public schools before he was prepared for college at the Latin school there at the insistence and expense of its principal, ...

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Francis James Child (1825–1896) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Conches, William de (c. 1085–c. 1154), grammarian and commentator on classical texts, derived from Conches in south-east Normandy. The most important source for his life is the Metalogicon of John of Salisbury, who studied under William between 1138 and 1141. John says that ...

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Furnivall, Frederick James (1825–1910), textual scholar and editor, was born on 4 February 1825 in Egham, Surrey, the eldest of the nine children of George Frederick Furnivall (1781–1865) and Sophia Hughes Barwell (1794–1879). Furnivall's father, descended from a family of Cheshire yeoman farmers, was trained at ...

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Frederick James Furnivall (1825–1910) by Charles Haslewood Shannon, 1901 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Edward Rowe Mores (1730–1778) by J. Mynde (after Richard van Bleeck) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mores, Edward Rowe (1730–1778), antiquary and historian of printing, was born on 13 January 1730 in Tunstall, Kent, the son of the Revd Edward Mores (d. 1740), rector of Tunstall, and Sarah Windsor, of London. He was a descendant of two lord mayors of ...

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Morris, Richard (1833–1894), scholar of early English and philologist, was born at Bermondsey, London, on 8 September 1833, the son of David Morris, a Welsh hatter. He trained as an elementary schoolmaster at St John's College, Battersea, Surrey, though his education was largely self-acquired. On 16 March 1856 he married ...

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Murray, Hilda Mary Emily Ada Ruthven (1875–1951), philologist and literary scholar, was born on 17 November 1875 at Hammer's Lane, Mill Hill, London, the fifth child and eldest daughter of the lexicographer Sir James Murray (1837–1915) and his second wife, Ada Agnes, née...

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Palmer, Samuel (bap. 1692, d. 1732), printer and historian of printing, was baptized on 31 August 1692 at St Giles-in-the-Fields, London, the second and only surviving son of John Palmer (d. 1697), perfumer, and his wife, Dorothy, née Provost (d. 1694)...

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Wardale, Edith Elizabeth (1863–1943), philologist and literary scholar, was born on 6 March 1863 at the rectory, Orcheston St Mary, Wiltshire, the daughter of the Revd John Wardale (1824–1903), rector of Orcheston St Mary and sometime fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, and his wife, ...

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Whiter, Walter (1758–1832), philologist and literary scholar, born at Birmingham on 30 October 1758, was at King Henry VIII Grammar School, Coventry, for ten years, under Dr Edwards, where Robert Bree MD was a fellow pupil. He was admitted to Clare College, Cambridge...