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Abrahams, Doris Caroline [pseud. Caryl Brahms] (1901–1982), writer and songwriter, was born at 28 Morland Road, Croydon, Surrey, on 8 December 1901, the only child of Henry Clarence Abrahams, a wholesale jeweller, and his wife, Pearl, one of the twenty-one children of ...

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Alexander [née Humphreys], Cecil Frances [Fanny] (1818–1895), hymn writer and poet, was born at 25 Eccles Street, Dublin. She was the second daughter of John Humphreys, a second lieutenant in the Royal Marines and later brigade major in the Tyrone yeomanry, and his wife, ...

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Cecil Frances Alexander (1818–1895) by Charles Napier Kennedy, 1894 photograph © Ulster Museum. Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of the Trustees of the National Museums & Galleries of Northern Ireland

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Armstrong [née Cobbe], Lucie (1851–1907), musician and writer on etiquette, was the daughter of Major Charles Henry Cobbe and granddaughter of General George Cobbe (b. 1782), who was descended on the paternal side from Charles Cobbe (1687–1765), archbishop of Dublin (1742–3). She was the second cousin of ...

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Jonathan Hall and Magnus Williamson

Banastre [Banaster], Gilbert (d. 1487), composer and poet, is of obscure origins, but was possibly related to (or even the son of) Henry Banaster (d. 1456) of Southwark, a yeoman of Henry VI's household. His mother, Alice, was still alive when he made his will. A birth date not later than ...

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Banks, Iain (1954–2013), author and composer, was born in Dunfermline, Fife, on 16 February 1954, the only surviving child (he had a sister who died at six weeks) of Thomas Menzies (Tom) Banks (1918–2009), an Admiralty officer at the Rosyth naval base, and his wife, ...

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Iain Banks (1954–2013) by Mark Gerson, 1985 © Mark Gerson / Bridgeman Art Library

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Barnard [née Pye], Charlotte Alington [pseud. Claribel] (1830–1869), balladeer and poet, only child of Henry Alington Pye (1799–1883), a lawyer and speculator, and his wife, Charlotte Mary Yerburgh (d. 1847), was born at The Cedars, St Mary's Lane, Louth, Lincolnshire...

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Wilson, John Burgess [pseud. Anthony Burgess] (1917–1993), writer and composer, was born on 25 February 1917 at Carisbrook Street, Harpurhey, Manchester, the only son of Joseph Wilson (1883–1938) and his wife, Elisabeth Burgess (d. 1919). Joe Wilson was a bookkeeper who played the piano in picture houses and pubs; his wife was ...

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John Burgess Wilson [Anthony Burgess] (1917–1993) by Denis Waugh, 1980 © Denis Waugh / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cameron, William [nicknamed Hawkie] (c. 1787–1851), pedlar and beggar, was probably born at St Ninians, Stirlingshire, the son of Dugald Cameron of Braemar, a mashman, and his wife, Janet Paterson. As members of the Burgher Secession church the family barely feature in parochial registers, so details of ...

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Campion, Thomas (1567–1620), poet and musician, was born in London on 12 February 1567 and baptized on the following day at St Andrew's, Holborn, the second child of John Campion (d. 1576) and Lucy, née Searle (d. 1580), widow of Roger Trigg...

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Carey, Henry (1687–1743), poet and songwriter, was born on or about 26 August 1687. The Gentleman's Magazine for July 1795 claimed he was the illegitimate son of George Savile, marquess of Halifax (1633–1695). Circumstantial evidence supports a Savile connection: three of Carey's sons were named ...

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Jennett Humphreys

Reviser Douglas Brown

Carrick, John Donald (1788–1837), songwriter and journalist, was born on 22 April 1788 at Glasgow, the son of Elizabeth Donald and William Carrick, a porter. His father was originally from Buchlyvie, Stirlingshire. He was put to work early in the office of a ...

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Carter, Sydney Bertram (1915–2004), songwriter and journalist, was born on 6 May 1915 at 36 St Paul's Road, Canonbury, London, the son of Bertram Rust Carter, a jeweller's sundryman's salesman, and his wife, Ada, née Jenner. He attended Montem Street school in Islington...

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J. C. Hadden

Reviser Bonnie Shannon McMullen

Cousin [née Cundell], Anne Ross (1824–1906), poet and hymn writer, only child of David Ross Cundell, an assistant surgeon of the 33rd regiment at Waterloo, and his wife, Ann, was born in Hull on 27 April 1824. Her family moved soon after to ...

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Sir Noël Peirce Coward (1899–1973) by Dorothy Wilding, 1930 © Tom Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London