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Gibbs, Philip (1696–1752), Presbyterian minister and historian of shorthand, was born at Trowbridge, Wiltshire, on 15 February 1696, the son of James Gibbs, a clothier, and his wife, Anne Bailey. His family were prominent presbyterians and lived in Duke Street. Nothing is known of his education except that he began the study of divinity under 'Calvinistical Tutors'....

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Rich, Jeremiah (d. 1666x9), stenographer, has left no trace of his birth or parentage. Although several of his works are dedicated to the members of the Rich family of the earls of Warwick, he claimed no family connection with them, and none is known. ...