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Auty, Robert (1914–1978), philologist, was born on 10 October 1914 at 31 Tooker Road, Rotherham, Yorkshire, the second son and youngest of the four children of George Auty, headmaster of an elementary school, and his wife, Martha Louise, née Richards. Robert's sister Phyllis...

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Orr, John (1885–1966), linguist and French scholar, was born on 4 June 1885 at 4 Cross Side, Egremont, Cumberland, the son of Peter Orr and his wife, Lillias Duncan, née Allan. His father, of Scottish origin, was a joiner; he emigrated to Australia...

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Palsgrave, John (d. 1554), teacher and scholar of languages, was born in London. The identity of his parents is unknown, though Palsgrave was evidently close to his mother, his provision for her being mentioned in the state papers in 1529. He is first recorded at the end of 1503 as a student at ...

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Spiers, Alexander (1807–1869), lexicographer, was born at Gosport in Hampshire. He studied in England, at Leipzig, and in Paris, and graduated doctor of philosophy at Leipzig. On the advice of the poet Andrieux (d. 1833), he settled in Paris as a professor of English, and found employment at the ...