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Sir William Jones (1746–1794) by Arthur William Devis, c. 1793 The British Library

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Jones, Sir William (1746–1794), orientalist and judge, was born at Beaufort Buildings, Westminster, on 28 September 1746, the youngest child of William Jones (c. 1675–1749) and Mary Nix (c.1705–1780), the gifted daughter of a cabinet-maker. His father, a distinguished Welsh mathematician and a friend of ...

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Sir John George Woodroffe (1865–1936) by Lafayette, 1928 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Woodroffe, Sir John George (1865–1936), judge and tantric scholar, was born on 15 December 1865, the eldest son of James Tisdall Woodroffe, a lawyer, and his wife, Florence Hume. After completing his schooling in Woburn Park School, Surrey, he studied at University College, Oxford...