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Abbott, Edwin (1808–1882), headmaster, was born in London on 12 May 1808, the son of Edward Abbott, an oilman and Italian warehouseman, of St Martin's Lane, London, and his wife, Charlotte. After his family fell on hard times Abbott entered the Philological Society...

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Abbott, Edwin Abbott (1838–1926), headmaster and writer, was born at 38 Gloucester Place, Marylebone, Middlesex, on 20 December 1838, the eldest son of Edwin Abbott (1808–1882), headmaster of the Philological School, Marylebone, and his wife, Jane Abbott (1806–1882), a first cousin. Educated at the ...

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Adams, Clement (c. 1519–1587), schoolmaster and map engraver, was born at Buckington, Warwickshire. He was educated at Eton between 1530 and 1536, and subsequently at the King's Hall, Cambridge. From 17 August 1536 he was tutored in classics, mathematics, and geometry at Cambridge...

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Aitken, Edith (1861–1940), headmistress, was born at Bishophill, Bishophill Junior, York, on 16 June 1861, the third child of Henry Martin Aitken, surgical instrument manufacturer, and his wife, Elizabeth Atkinson. She and her elder siblings were baptized at St Mary Minor, Bishophill, on 8 July 1861. Their father had advanced views on the education of girls, and the eldest daughter, ...

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Alger, Mary Jemima (1838–1894), headmistress, was born on 4 February 1838 at Diss, in Norfolk, daughter of John Alger, corn merchant, and his wife, Jemima, née Goldworth, of yeoman stock. Mary had sisters and an only brother, John Goldworth Alger, who became a journalist. ...

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Alington, Cyril Argentine (1872–1955), headmaster and dean of Durham, was born in Ipswich, Suffolk, on 22 October 1872, the second son of the Revd Henry Giles Alington (1837–1928), an inspector of schools, and his wife, Jane Margaret Booth (d. 1910). In 1886 he went with classical scholarships to ...

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Almond, Hely Hutchinson (1832–1903), headmaster, born in Glasgow on 12 August 1832, was the second son of George Almond, incumbent of St Mary's Episcopal Chapel, Glasgow, and his second wife, Christiana Georgina, eldest daughter of Thomas Smith, barrister, of London. His paternal great-grandfather was headmaster of ...

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Hely Hutchinson Almond (1832–1903) by Elliott & Fry, 1895 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Altham, Harry Surtees (1888–1965), schoolmaster and cricket historian, was born at 8 The Terrace, York Town, Frimley, Surrey, on 30 November 1888, the younger son of Sir Edward Altham Altham (1856–1943), army officer, and his wife, Georgina Emily (1855–1945), daughter of W. Macpherson Nicol...

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Angell, John (d. 1655), preacher and schoolmaster, was probably born in Gloucestershire. According to Anthony Wood, he was admitted to Magdalen Hall, Oxford, about the early months of 1610. Having subscribed to the Thirty-Nine Articles in April 1613 he graduated BA on 9 February 1614 and proceeded MA on 5 July 1616. At an unknown date, again according to ...

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Argentine [formerly Sexton], Richard (1510/11–1568), schoolmaster and Church of England clergyman, entered Winchester College, as Richard Sexton, of Milton, Dorset, in 1524, aged thirteen. A fellow of New College for ten years from 1528, he proceeded BA in 1532 and MA in 1536. At ...

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Thomas Arnold (1823–1900) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Thomas Arnold (1795–1842) by Thomas Phillips, 1839 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Arnold, Thomas (1795–1842), headmaster and historian, was born on 13 June 1795 at West Cowes, Isle of Wight, the seventh of the seven children of William Arnold (1745–1801), collector of customs and postmaster for the Isle of Wight, and his wife, Martha (1751–1829)...

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Arnold, Thomas (1823–1900), literary scholar and teacher, was born on 30 November 1823 at Laleham, Middlesex, the third of the nine surviving children of Dr Thomas Arnold (1795–1842), schoolmaster and clergyman, and his wife, Mary, née Penrose (1791–1873), youngest daughter of the Revd John Penrose...

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Ashton, Thomas (d. 1578), headmaster, is of unknown origins. He was educated at St John's College, Cambridge, being elected to a fellowship about 1520, shortly after graduating BA. He proceeded MA in 1521 and BTh in 1531. Little is known of his subsequent career until his appointment as headmaster of ...

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Bainbrigg, Reginald (1544/5–1612/13), schoolmaster and antiquary, born at Hilton, near Appleby, Westmorland, was probably a younger son of Christopher Bainbrigg (c.1505–1569), a member of a minor gentry family which had been at Hilton from the fifteenth century. Reginald Bainbrigg matriculated from ...

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Baldwin, Emily (1807–1880), headmistress, was born on 18 September 1807 at 47 Paternoster Row, London, one of seven children of Robert Baldwin (1780–1858), publisher, and his wife, Maria, daughter of Henry Baldwin, a leading City publisher and printer. Both her parents were members of the large ...

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Baldwyn, Edward (bap. 1745, d. 1817), schoolmaster and pamphleteer, was baptized on 21 August 1745 in the parish of St Lawrence, Ludlow, Shropshire, the son of William Baldwyn and his wife, Ann. He matriculated from St John's College, Oxford, on 25 June 1762, aged sixteen, and graduated BA in 1767 and MA in 1784. He became a fellow of the college while still an undergraduate, vacating the fellowship only on his marriage in ...

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Bancroft, Thomas (1756–1811), Church of England clergyman and schoolmaster, was born in Deansgate, Manchester, son of Thomas Bancroft, a thread maker. He was educated at Manchester grammar school from the age of six and at Brasenose College, Oxford, whence he matriculated on 8 April 1778, aged twenty-two. He graduated BA in 1781 and was awarded his MA in 1784. After leaving ...