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Burdon, John Shaw (1826–1907), bishop of Victoria, Hong Kong, and Chinese scholar, only son of James Burdon and Isabella, his second wife, was born at Auchterarder in Perthshire on 12 December 1826. After his father's early death he was brought up by an uncle, who kept a school at ...

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Graham, Angus Charles (1919–1991), Sinologist and philosopher, was born on 8 July 1919 at 31 Clive Place, Penarth, Glamorgan, the elder of two sons of Charles Harold Graham (1893–1928) and his wife, Mabelle, née Booker. At the time of his birth, his father was a coal exporter, but in 1925 he moved to ...

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Lindsay, Michael Francis Morris, second Baron Lindsay of Birker (1909–1994), writer on China, was born at 40 Mecklenburg Square, St Pancras, London, on 24 February 1909, the elder son and first of the three children of Alexander Dunlop Lindsay, first Baron Lindsay of Birker...

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Purcell, Victor William Williams Saunders (1896–1965), colonial administrator and historian, was born on 26 January 1896, the son, and apparently the only child, of Victor Adolphus Purcell (1863–1951), clerk in the Royal Navy, and his wife, Harriett Eva, née Saunders. He was educated at ...

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Summers, James (1828–1891), Sinologist and teacher of English in Japan, was born on 5 July 1828 at Bird Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire, the only son of Edward Summers, a plasterer, and his wife, Catherine. He was interested in languages from his youth and developed an interest in ...