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revised by Roger T. Stearn

Belfour, John (1768–1842), Hebrew and Coptic scholar and poet, was the eldest son of John Belfour (bap. 1745, d. 1793), of Highgate, London, stockbroker, and his wife Mary (1728/9–1809). He had three younger brothers. He was made free of the ...

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Sir (Harold) Idris Bell (1879–1967) by Walter Stoneman, 1955 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bell, Sir (Harold) Idris (1879–1967), papyrologist and scholar of Welsh literature, was born on 2 October 1879 at Epworth, Lincolnshire, the son of Charles Christopher Bell (b. 1845), chemist, and his wife, Rachel Hughes (d. 1880). His father's family had been yeoman farmers in the north midlands and had marked literary leanings, his father not least; but the Welsh inheritance from his mother meant more to ...

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Amelia Ann Blanford Edwards (1831–1892) by Herbert Watkins, late 1850s © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Edwards, Amelia Ann Blanford (1831–1892), author and Egyptologist, was born in Colebrook Row, Islington, London, on 7 June 1831, the only child of Thomas Edwards (1786–1860), a half-pay army officer who later worked for the Provincial Bank of Ireland in London, and Alicia Walpole (...