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Bell, Sir (Harold) Idris (1879–1967), papyrologist and scholar of Welsh literature, was born on 2 October 1879 at Epworth, Lincolnshire, the son of Charles Christopher Bell (b. 1845), chemist, and his wife, Rachel Hughes (d. 1880). His father's family had been yeoman farmers in the north midlands and had marked literary leanings, his father not least; but the Welsh inheritance from his mother meant more to ...

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Sir (Harold) Idris Bell (1879–1967) by Walter Stoneman, 1955 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bussy [née Strachey], Dorothea [Dorothy] [pseud. Olivia] (1865–1960), translator and author, was born on 24 July 1865 at Willenhall, near Barnet, London, the third of the ten children (three others died in infancy) of Lieutenant-General Sir Richard Strachey (1817–1908), scientist and administrator in ...

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Cayley, Charles Bagot (1823–1883), translator, was born on 9 July 1823 near St Petersburg in Russia, son of Henry Cayley (1768–1850), a merchant, and his wife, Maria Antonia Doughty (1794–1875). He was the younger brother of Arthur Cayley (1821–1895), mathematician. From Mr Pollecary's school, Blackheath...

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D. N. Smith

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Elton, Oliver (1861–1945), literary scholar and translator, was born on 3 June 1861 at Gresham grammar school, Holt, Norfolk, the only child of the Revd Charles Allen Elton (1820–1887), headmaster of the school, and his wife, Sarah Amelia (b. 1833), daughter of ...

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Oliver Elton (1861–1945) by Augustus John University of Liverpool Art Gallery and Collections

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Faris, Ahmad [Aḣmad Fāris; formerly Faris ibn Yusuf al-Shidyaq] (1805/6–1887), author and translator, was born in al-Hadath, Lebanon, the youngest of five sons of Abu Husayn Yusuf ibn Mansur al-Shidyaq (1762–1821), secretary and tutor of Lebanese chieftains, and his wife, the daughter of ...

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Flower, Robin Ernest William (1881–1946), scholar of Irish literature and poet, was born on 16 October 1881 at Meanwood, Leeds, the son of Marmaduke Clement William Flower, a portrait painter who had fought on the Confederate side in the American Civil War after being disowned by his family, and his wife, ...

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Ganz, Peter Felix (1920–2006), German scholar, was born on 3 November 1920 in Mainz, Germany, the son of Hermann Friedrich Ignaz Ganz, who was company secretary in the family carpet business, and his wife, Charlotte (Lotte), née Fromberg. Both parents had doctorates in law. His father's was a long-established ...

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Austin Gill (1906–1990) by James Johnston Rough, c. 1939 © reserved; by kind permission of Helene Demisay

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Gill, Austin (1906–1990), French scholar, was born on 3 September 1906 at 6B Northgate Street, Stockport, the second child and first son of Austin Gill (b. 1876/7), a cotton operative, and his wife, Ada, née Nuttall (b. 1880/81). His parents were also born in the ...

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Gunn, Battiscombe George (1883–1950), Egyptologist, was born on 30 June 1883 in London, the elder son of George Gunn, of the London stock exchange, and his wife, Julia Alice, second daughter of John Moore Philp (1819–1899), London newspaper editor. After being educated in the late 1890s at ...

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Emile Victor Rieu (1887–1972) by Walter Bird, 1957 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Rieu, Emile Victor (1887–1972), literary scholar and translator, was born in London on 10 February 1887, the fifth son and seventh and youngest child of Charles Pierre Henri Rieu (1820–1902), of Geneva, keeper of oriental manuscripts at the British Museum, and later professor of Arabic at ...

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F. T. Marzials

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Rowan, Frederica Maclean (1814–1882), author and translator, was born on 22 April 1814 in the West Indies (perhaps on St Croix), the second of the two daughters of Frederick Rowan (d. 1814), brevet major in the 4th West India regiment, and his wife, ...

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Oliver Elton

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Sampson, John (1862–1931), librarian and Romani scholar, was born on 25 February 1862 at Schull, co. Cork, the eldest son and third of the six children of James Sampson (1813–1871), a chemist and mining engineer of Cornish stock, and his wife, Sarah Anne Macdermott (1829–1907)...

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Wilson, Edward Meryon (1906–1977), Spanish scholar, was born on 14 May 1906 at Elmhurst, Kendal, Westmorland, the second of three sons of Norman Foster Wilson (1869–1948), civil engineer, and his wife, Henrietta Gwendolen Meryon, née Harris (b. 1876). His elder brother, Gilbert (1899–1987)...