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Brayley, Edward William (1801/2–1870), writer and lecturer on science, the eldest son of Edward Wedlake Brayley (1773–1854), topographer, and his wife, Ann (c.1771–1850), was born in London. He was educated, together with his brothers Henry and Horatio, under an austere system. Secluded from all society except that of their tutors, the boys led a cheerless and monotonous life: denied pocket-money, they were not even allowed to take a walk without a tutor. ...

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Clarke, Charles Cowden (1787–1877), writer and public lecturer, was born on 15 December 1787 at Enfield, Middlesex, the son of John Clarke (1757–1820) and his wife, Ann Isabella, née Stott (d. 1853). Clarke's mother was the stepdaughter of John Collett Ryland (1723–1792)...

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John Harris (c. 1666–1719) by Bernard (III) Lens, 1707 Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

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Harris, John (c. 1666–1719), writer and lecturer on science, was reportedly the son of Edward Harris, or possibly Fitzharris (c.1648–1681), an army lieutenant. He entered Trinity College, Oxford, as a scholar in 1683, and graduated BA in 1686 and MA at ...

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Maccall, William (1812–1888), writer and public lecturer, was born in Largs, Ayrshire, on 25 February 1812, the eldest child of six sons and six daughters of John Maccall (b. 1793), a builder, and his wife, Elizabeth Murdoch (b. 1792). He later told the biographer ...

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Albert Richard Smith (1816–1860) by Camille Silvy, c. 1860 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Smith, Albert Richard (1816–1860), author, public lecturer, and mountaineer, was born on 24 May 1816 at Chertsey, Surrey, the son of Richard Smith (d. 1857), surgeon, and his wife, Maria. He was educated at Merchant Taylors' School, London (1826–31), and at Middlesex Hospital...

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Walker, Adam (1730/31–1821), itinerant lecturer and writer, was born at Patterdale, Westmorland, into the numerous family of a woollen manufacturer. Neither the exact date of his birth nor the identity of his parents is known. Walker left school barely able to read but persevered alone to achieve a general education. He developed a considerable mechanical skill, constructing models of the milling machinery employed locally for fulling, grinding, and papermaking. At the age of fifteen he became assistant master at ...