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Sir Isaac Pitman (1813–1897) by Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope [posthumous] © National Portrait Gallery, London


Pitman, Sir Isaac (1813–1897), deviser of a system of shorthand writing, was born on 4 January 1813 at 3–4 Timbrell Street, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, the third of the eleven children of Samuel Pitman (1787–1863), manager of a weaving mill, and his wife, Maria Pitman, ...


Purton, William (1784–1825), schoolmaster and teacher of stenography, is of unknown parentage and education. At the time of his death, about Christmas 1825, he was married to Mary Gimler Purton and resided at Pleasant Row, Winchester Street, Pentonville, London. He was buried at ...