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Jennett Humphreys

revised by Evelyn E. Cowie

Bennet, Thomas (1645–1681), grammarian, was born at Windsor, Berkshire, the son of Henry Bennet of Binfield, Berkshire. He was a queen's scholar at Westminster School. He matriculated as a plebeian at Christ Church, Oxford, on 19 July 1662, was elected a student in the same year, and graduated BA in 1666 and MA on 3 April 1669, whereupon he became corrector at the university press. In 1669 he corrected the proofs of the first book of ...

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Bythner, Victorinus (c. 1605–c. 1670), grammarian and university teacher, was born at Głębowicach in the Sandomierz district of south-eastern Poland, one of several sons of Bartholomäus Bythner (1559/60–1629), a Catholic theologian of Calvinistic beliefs and the author of several influential works highly regarded by European Catholics and protestants alike. The ...

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Farnaby, Thomas (1574/5–1647), schoolteacher and grammarian, was the son of a London carpenter, also named Thomas, and his wife, Dorothy Foxcroft; he was probably the Thomas Fernabye baptized at St Michael Bassishaw, London, on 21 September 1575. According to Wood, he was a relative of the composer ...

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Fenning, Daniel (1714/15–1767), grammarian and textbook writer, is of unknown parentage. On 3 July 1735 he married Mary Mott (d. 1780) at Great Cornard in Suffolk, and the couple lived at nearby Bures, where Fenning was licensed to teach on 25 October 1740. There were twelve children, of whom seven were born at ...

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Henry Watson Fowler (1858–1933) by unknown photographer © reserved

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Fowler, Henry Watson (1858–1933), lexicographer and grammarian, was born on 10 March 1858 at Tonbridge, Kent, the eldest child of the seven sons and one daughter of the Revd Robert Fowler (1820–1879) and his wife, Caroline, née Watson. Robert Fowler (the son of a master carpenter at ...

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Greenwood, James (1683?–1737), grammarian, is of unknown parentage. He may have entered Merchant Taylors' School, London, in 1696. At some time he married Susan, or Susannah, who was to outlive him. He became usher to Benjamin Morland at a private school in ...

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Jhones, Basset (b. 1613/14), physician, chemist, and grammarian, was the son of Richard Jones (c.1581–1658) of Michaelston-super-Ely, Glamorgan, and Jane, daughter of Thomas Basset, of Miskin, Glamorgan. His father was the son of John ap George (d. 1631) of Llantryddyd...

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Johnson, Richard (1656/7–1721), schoolmaster and grammarian, was born at Market Harborough, Leicestershire, the son of Robert Johnson. Having been educated at the grammar school there, he was admitted as a sizar at the age of eighteen at St John's College, Cambridge, on 15 September 1675. He was a fellow student of the classical scholar ...

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Kirkby, John (c. 1705–1754), Church of England clergyman and grammarian, claimed to have been born in Cumberland, though in the register of St John's College, Cambridge, from where he appears to have graduated BA in 1726, and proceeded MA in 1745, his birthplace is noted as ...

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Kirkwood, James (d. 1711x20), schoolmaster and grammarian, was a native of Dunbar. At the time that he was first approached to be schoolmaster in Linlithgow, in May 1674, he was acting as tutor, or 'governour', to Lord Bruce at the Old College, Glasgow...

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Merriot, Thomas (1589–1662), grammarian, was born at Steeple Langford, near Salisbury, Wiltshire, of unknown parents. He entered Winchester College in 1601, and on 14 October 1608 matriculated at New College, Oxford. A fellow from 1610 to 1624, he was admitted scholar of civil law on 21 October 1611 and received the degree of bachelor of civil law on 22 November 1615. ...

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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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Onions, Charles Talbut (1873–1965), lexicographer and grammarian, was born at 40 Spring Street, Edgbaston, Birmingham, on 10 September 1873, the eldest son of Ralph John Onions and his wife, Harriet, daughter of John Talbut, locksmith. Although the traditional occupation of the family had been bellows making, his father was a designer and embosser in metal; the name is of Welsh origin, being based on the form ...

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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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Salesbury [Salisbury], Henry (b. 1560/61, d. in or after 1632), grammarian and lexicographer, displays in his background and in his work many of the most important features of Welsh Renaissance culture. He was the son of Robert Salesbury of Galltfaenan and Dôl Belydr...

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Charlotte Fell-Smith

revised by Elizabeth Haresnape

Sandford, John (c. 1565–1629), poet and grammarian, was the son of Richard Sandford, gentleman, of Chard, Somerset, where he was born. He entered Magdalen College, Oxford, as a commoner about 16 October 1581, and graduated BA from Balliol on 17 December 1586 and MA on 27 May 1595. In 1592 he acted as '...

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Shaw, William (1749–1831), Gaelic grammarian and lexicographer, was born on 3 February 1749 at Clachaig on the island of Arran. He received his early education in Ayr and, from about 1768, at the University of Glasgow, where he was awarded the degree of MA, apparently in 1772, though one source gives 1777 as the date of his graduation. While a student he taught at a grammar school in ...

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Smart, Benjamin Humphrey [pseud. Francis Drake] (bap. 1787, d. 1872), elocutionist and grammarian, was born at Princes Street, Leicester Square, London, and was baptized on 1 March 1787 at St Anne's, Soho, London, the eldest son of Benjamin Smart (1757–1833), citizen and goldsmith of ...