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Seamus Justin Heaney (1939–2013) by Peter Edwards, 1987-8 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Heaney, Seamus Justin (1939–2013), poet, translator, and literary critic, was born at Mossbawn Farm, near Castledawson, co. Derry, Northern Ireland, on 13 April 1939, the oldest of nine children of Patrick Heaney (1910–1986), farmer, and his wife, Margaret Kathleen, née McCann (1911–1984). He was educated at ...

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Jones, Robert (1810–1879), writer on Welsh literature and Church of England clergyman, was born on 6 January 1810 at Llanfyllin in Montgomeryshire, the eldest son of Robert Jones, a bailiff. He was educated at Oswestry grammar school and at Jesus College, Oxford, where he matriculated on 12 December 1833 and graduated BA in 1837. Ordained deacon by the bishop of ...

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Taylor, William (1765–1836), reviewer and translator, was born on 7 November 1765 in Surrey Street, Norwich, the only child of William Taylor (1731/2–1819), merchant, and his wife, Sarah (1735/6–1812), daughter of John Wright of Debenham, Suffolk, and later Diss. Intended for a mercantile career, he was tutored in languages from an early age by ...

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William Taylor (1765–1836) by Thomas Goff Lupton, 1833 (after John Barwell, exh. Norwich Society of Artists 1832) © National Portrait Gallery, London