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A. B. Grosart

revised by Robert Brown

Boag, John (1775–1863), lexicographer, was born at Highgate in the parish of Beith, Ayrshire, on 7 January 1775. He matriculated at the University of Glasgow in 1797, and completed his course with a view to taking orders in the Church of Scotland. However, he joined the body of Independents or Congregationalists who in 1812 formed themselves into the ...

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Evans, Daniel Silvan (1818–1903), Welsh scholar and lexicographer, born at Fron Wilym Uchaf, Llannarth, Cardiganshire, on 11 January 1818, was the son of Silvanus Evans, a farmer, and his wife, Sarah. He attended a nearby school for two months at a house called ...

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Gordon Goodwin

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Greenfield, William (1799–1831), philologist, was born in London on 1 April 1799. His father, William Greenfield, a native of Haddington, attended Wells Street Chapel, London, then under the ministry of Alexander Waugh (1754–1827), the Scottish Congregationalist. He joined a missionary voyage in the ship ...

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Minor, William Chester (1834–1920), military surgeon, asylum inmate, and contributor to the Oxford English Dictionary, was born on 21 June 1834 at Manepay, Ceylon, the elder child of Eastman Strong Minor (1809–1867), printer and Congregational missionary of Milford, Connecticut, and his first wife, ...

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Sir James Augustus Henry Murray (1837–1915) by S. S. McClure © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Murray, Sir James Augustus Henry (1837–1915), lexicographer, was born in the village of Denholm, near Hawick, Roxburghshire, on 7 February 1837, the eldest of the four sons and one daughter of Thomas Murray (1811–1873), a village tailor, of Hawick, and his wife, Mary (1803–1888)...

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Souter, Alexander (1873–1949), patristic scholar and lexicographer, was born at Croft Park, Perth, on 14 August 1873, the eldest of four sons and two daughters of Alexander Souter (d. in or after 1899) and his wife, Elsie Cruickshank (d. in or after 1899)...

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Noah Webster (1758–1843) by James Herring, 1833 National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

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Webster, Noah (1758–1843), lexicographer, was born on 16 October 1758 in West Hartford, Connecticut, the fourth of the five children of Noah Webster (1722–1813), farmer, a descendant of John Webster, one of the earliest migrants to Connecticut, and Mercy Steele (bap. 1727, ...