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Foster, Sir Idris Llewelyn (1911–1984), Welsh and Celtic scholar, was born on 23 July 1911 at Carneddi, Bethesda, Caernarvonshire, the elder child and elder son of Harold Llewelyn Foster, of Bethesda, and his wife, Anne Jane Roberts, both shopkeepers. He was educated at ...

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Sir John Morris- Jones (1864–1929) by unknown photographer by courtesy of the National Library of Wales

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Jones, Sir John Morris- (1864–1929), Welsh scholar and poet, was born at Trefor, Llandrygarn, Anglesey, on 17 October 1864, the eldest son of Morris Jones (d. 1879) and his wife, Elizabeth Roberts, shopkeepers, both originally of Llanrug, Caernarvonshire. When he was three years old his parents moved to ...

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MacGregor, Alexander (1806–1881), Church of Scotland minister and writer of Scottish Gaelic prose, was born on 26 May 1806 at the Mission House, Dalfuil, Glengairn, near Ballater, the eldest of the four children of the Revd Robert MacGregor (1767–1846) and his wife, Janet Menzies...

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Mackay, Mackintosh (1793–1873), Free Church of Scotland minister and Gaelic scholar, was born at Eddrachillis, Sutherland, on 18 November 1793, the son of Alexander Mackay, tacksman of Duartbeg and a captain in the Reay fencibles, and his wife, Helen, eldest daughter of Alexander Falconer...

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Mackenzie, John (1806–1848), collector of Gaelic verse, was born on 17 July 1806 at Meallan Theàrlaich in the parish of Gairloch, Ross-shire. His father, Alasdair, was closely related to the Mackenzie lairds of Gairloch, and his mother, Margaret Mackenzie, was a granddaughter of a famous minister, ...

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MacLachlan, Ewen (1773–1822), poet and Gaelic scholar, was born at Torracaltin, Nether Lochaber, the son of a weaver. After attending the parish school at Kilmallie, he worked as private tutor to several prominent local families. Financial assistance from the chief of the clan ...

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Maclauchlan, Thomas (1816–1886), Free Church of Scotland minister and Gaelic scholar, was born on 29 January 1816 at Moy, Inverness-shire. He was the fourth child of James Maclauchlan, minister of Moy, and his second wife, Catherine Fraser. He was educated initially at home and then at the ...

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MacLeod, John (1756/7–1841), Church of Scotland minister and Gaelic scholar, was born on the Isle of Skye and educated at the University of Aberdeen where he graduated in 1776. He was licensed by the presbytery of Aberdeen on 16 April 1778. After assisting ...

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Macleod, Norman (1783–1862), Church of Scotland minister and Gaelic scholar, was born in December 1783, the son of Norman Macleod, who was ordained in 1774 minister of Morven, Argyll, and his wife, Jean, granddaughter of William Morrison, minister of Tiree in the Hebrides...

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Murray, Lady Evelyn Stewart- (1868–1940), Gaelic folklorist and needlewoman, was born on 17 March 1868 at Blair Castle, Perthshire. She was the third daughter of John James Hugh Henry Stewart-Murray, seventh duke of Atholl (1840–1917) and his wife, Louisa (1844–1902), eldest daughter of ...

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Nicolson, Alexander (1827–1893), sheriff-substitute and Gaelic scholar, son of Malcolm Nicolson (d. c.1846), was born at Usabost in Skye on 27 September 1827. His early education was obtained from tutors. After the death of his father he entered Edinburgh University, intending to study for the ...

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Parry, Sir Thomas (1904–1985), scholar of Welsh and academic administrator, was born at Brynawel, Carmel, Caernarvonshire, on 4 August 1904, the eldest of three children (all sons) of Richard Edwin Parry (1870–1942), a quarryman, and his wife Jane, née Williams (1877–1957), from Llangwnnadl...

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Shaw, William (1749–1831), Gaelic grammarian and lexicographer, was born on 3 February 1749 at Clachaig on the island of Arran. He received his early education in Ayr and, from about 1768, at the University of Glasgow, where he was awarded the degree of MA, apparently in 1772, though one source gives 1777 as the date of his graduation. While a student he taught at a grammar school in ...

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Smith, John (1747–1807), Church of Scotland minister and Gaelic scholar, was born in July 1747 at Croft-Brackley in the parish of Glenorchy, Argyll, the son of John Smith (also known as John M'Lulich), who was probably a farmer, and Mary Campbell. He was educated at the ...

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Stuart, John (1743–1821), Gaelic scholar and botanist, was born at the manse, Killin, Perthshire, on 31 July 1743, the son of James Stuart (1700–1789), a minister in the Church of Scotland, and Elizabeth Drummond. Educated at Edinburgh University, he was licensed by the city's presbytery on 27 February 1771, presented to the parish of ...

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Watson, William John Ross (1865–1948), Gaelic scholar, was born in the parish of Kilmuir-Easter, in Ross-shire, on 17 February 1865, the son of Hugh Watson, blacksmith, and his wife, Maria Ross; he was a native speaker of the Gaelic of that area. He graduated in classics at ...

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Williams, (John Ellis) Caerwyn (1912–1999), Celtic scholar, was born at 8 Leyshon Road in the Glamorgan mining village of Gwauncaegurwen on 17 January 1912, the eldest of three children (two sons and one daughter) of John R. Williams and his wife, Maria, née...

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Sir Thomas Herbert Parry- Williams (1887–1975) by Elliott & Fry, 1958 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Williams, Sir Thomas Herbert Parry- (1887–1975), Welsh scholar and writer, was born at Tŷ'r Ysgol, Rhyd-ddu, Caernarvonshire on 21 September 1887, the second child and eldest son in the family of four sons and two daughters of Henry Parry-Williams (1858–1925), schoolmaster at Rhyd-ddu...