Boothroyd, Benjamin (1768–1836), Independent minister and Hebrew scholar, was born at Warley, in the parish of Halifax, Yorkshire, on 10 October 1768, the son of a poor shoemaker there. He was sent to the village school, and left it when six years old, able to read the ...
revised by J. M. V. Quinn
Robert Eric Frykenberg
Caldwell, Robert (1814–1891), missionary and orientalist, was born near Belfast, Ulster, on 7 May 1814, into an impoverished family. He began working at the age of nine, after his family moved to Glasgow. Largely self-educated, at fifteen he went to live with his elder brother in ...
Maker: Robert Home
Carey, William (1761–1834), orientalist and missionary, was born on 17 August 1761 at Paulerspury, Northamptonshire, the eldest of the five children of Edmund Carey and Elizabeth Wells. His father, originally a weaver, became in 1767 parish clerk and schoolmaster, which gave Carey access to a wide range of books. At the age of about fourteen he was apprenticed to a shoemaker in the hamlet of nearby ...
revised by Richard F. Gombrich
Davids, Thomas William Rhys (1843–1922), orientalist, was born at Colchester on 12 May 1843, the eldest son of Thomas William Davids (1816–1884), ecclesiastical historian and Congregational minister at Colchester, and his wife, Louisa Winter. He was educated at Brighton School, Colchester, before a period of private tuition. He then went to ...
Geraint Talfan Davies
Edwards, Owen (1933–2010), broadcasting executive and promoter of the Welsh language, was born on 26 December 1933 at Neuaddwen, Llanbadarn Road, Aberystwyth, the elder son of Sir Ifan ab Owen Edwards (1895–1970), educationist, and his wife, Eirys Mary, née Phillips (1897–1981). Both his father and his grandfather were pivotal in transforming the place of the Welsh language in Welsh society. His grandfather ...
J. E. Lloyd
revised by Beti Jones
Evans, Daniel Silvan (1818–1903), Welsh scholar and lexicographer, born at Fron Wilym Uchaf, Llannarth, Cardiganshire, on 11 January 1818, was the son of Silvanus Evans, a farmer, and his wife, Sarah. He attended a nearby school for two months at a house called ...
Eric J. Sharpe
Farquhar, John Nicol (1861–1929), missionary and Indologist, was born on 6 April 1861 in Constitution Street, Aberdeen, the eldest of three children and only son of a local businessman, George Farquhar, and his wife, Christian Alexander. At the age of twelve he was apprenticed to an ...
G. R. Driver
revised by J. W. Rogerson
Gray, George Buchanan (1865–1922), Congregational minister and Hebrew scholar, was born at Blandford, Dorset, on 13 January 1865, the second son of the Revd Benjamin Gray, Congregational minister at Blandford, and his wife, Emma Jane, daughter of George Buchanan Kirkman. He was educated at private schools at ...
R. M. J. Jones
revised by Mari A. Williams
Griffiths, Evan [pseud. Ieuan Ebblig] (1795–1873), Congregational minister and translator, was born on 18 January 1795 at Gellibeblig, Betws, near Bridgend, Glamorgan, the youngest of seven children. He was three years old when his father died, leaving his family in poverty. His mother taught him at home. He became a member of the neighbouring Independent church when he was thirteen, and at twenty-one was encouraged to preach. About this time he went for a year to a school kept by his own minister, the ...
Brynley F. Roberts
Iaco ab Dewi [James Davies] (1647/8–1722), copyist and translator, was born in Llandysul, Cardiganshire. There is no record of his birth or baptism and nothing is known of his family antecedents, but he appears to have lived to early adulthood in Carmarthenshire. Under the influence of ...
R. K. Douglas
revised by H. C. G. Matthew
Kidd, Samuel (1804–1843), missionary in Malacca and Chinese scholar, was born on 22 November 1804 at Welton, near Hull, and was educated at the village school in Welton. In 1818 he was sent to Hull, where his thoughts were directed towards a missionary career, and in 1820 he entered the ...
N. J. Girardot
Legge, James (1815–1897), Sinologist and missionary, was born on 20 December 1815 in Huntly, Aberdeenshire, the youngest of the four sons of Ebenezer Legge (1770–1848), a successful drapery merchant, and his first wife, Elizabeth (née Cruickshank; d. 1817). Born into in a 'middling class' household in a 'little grey town' in the lowlands of ...
Maker: John Cochran
C. W. Sutton
revised by Katherine Prior
Mather, Robert Cotton (1808–1877), missionary and translator, was born at New Windsor, Manchester, on 8 November 1808, the second son of James Mather, Congregational minister of Sheffield and formerly of Clapton. He was educated at Edinburgh and Glasgow universities (MA Glasgow 1831) and at ...
revised by David J. Hall
Meidel, Christopher (b. c. 1659, d. in or before 1715), Quaker minister and translator, was born probably in Skien, Norway, one of three or more children of Gert Meidel (c.1606–1696), a shipowner of Langesund, and his wife, Elen, whose surname was probably ...
W. C. Atkinson
revised by John D. Haigh
Peers, Edgar Allison (1891–1952), Hispanic scholar and educationist, was born at Leighton Buzzard on 7 May 1891, the only son and elder child of John Thomas Peers (1860–1944), civil servant, and his wife, Jessie Dale (1865–1951), daughter of Charles Allison. In the years 1892 to 1903 his father made frequent moves, and ...
Sassamon, John (c. 1620–1675), translator and minister in America, was born in coastal Massachusetts before it became an English colony. Little is known of his early life. His parents, both Algonquian Indians, may have converted to Christianity in 1633 during a smallpox epidemic occasioned by the recent arrival of English colonists in ...
Wyon, Olive (1881–1966), translator and theologian, was born on 7 March 1881 at 53 Maitland Park Road, Kentish Town, London, the eldest of the two sons and three daughters of Allan Wyon [see under Wyon family] and his wife, Harriet Gairdner...