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Acworth, George (1534–1581x6), administrator and scholar, was born in London in 1534, the son of Thomas Acworth, a merchant taylor of London, and his wife, Anne. Thomas came from Bedfordshire, where his father, also named George, had been elected knight of the shire for that county in 1529. During his youth ...

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Alexander, Sir Kenneth John Wilson [Ken] (1922–2001), economist, university administrator, and public servant, was born on 14 March 1922 at 12 Kilmaurs Terrace, Edinburgh, the only son of William Wilson Alexander (1888–1930), lawyer, and his wife, Mary Logan Grahame, née Wilson (1888–1975), tailoress. He won a scholarship to ...

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Anslay, Brian (d. 1536), administrator and translator, about whose parentage and origins little is known, participated, as yeoman of the wine cellar, in Henry VII's funeral procession and in Henry VIII's coronation ceremonies in 1509. In 1521 his translation of Christine de Pisan's...

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Arnold, Matthew (1822–1888), poet, writer, and inspector of schools, was born at Laleham-on-Thames, Middlesex, on 24 December 1822, the eldest son and second of the nine surviving children of the Revd Thomas Arnold (1795–1842) and Mary Penrose Arnold (1791–1873). Thomas Arnold had been a fellow of ...

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Matthew Arnold (1822–1888) by George Frederic Watts, 1880 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Aves, Ernest Harry (1857–1917), social investigator and civil servant, was born on 30 August 1857 at Cleveland Villa, Station Road, Cambridge, the son of William Owen Aves, tailor and woollen draper, and his wife, Mary Ann Coales. He was educated in Cambridge at ...

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Aylesbury, William (bap. 1612, d. 1656), translator and government official, was baptized at St Margaret, Lothbury, London, on 13 July 1612, the eldest son of Sir Thomas Aylesbury, baronet (1579/80–1658), and his wife, Anne Darell, née Denman (1589–1661). On 18 July 1628 he matriculated from ...

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Bathurst, Katherine (1862–1933), inspector of schools, was born on 10 May 1862 at Diddington, Huntingdonshire, daughter of the Revd Frederick Bathurst (1826/7–1910), who was vicar of the parish and later archdeacon of Bedford, and his first wife, Catherine Georgiana Moore (d. 1902)...

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Benn, John Meriton (1908–1992), educationist and civil servant, was born on 16 July 1908 at 231 Manchester Road, Burnley, Lancashire, the third of the five children of Ernest Benn (1871–1935), leather merchant, and his wife, (Emily) Louise, née Hey (1879–1957). John Benn was educated at ...

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See Fisher, Herbert Albert Laurens

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A. A. Brodribb

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Bergne, John Brodribb (1800–1873), civil servant and numismatist, was descended from a family originally of Auvergne, France, but settled in England since the French Revolution; he was born at Kensington. Having entered the Foreign Office in January 1817 he was for some time attached as clerk to the ...

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Berrill, Sir Kenneth Ernest (1920–2009), economic historian and public servant, was born on 28 August 1920 at 79 Coronation Avenue, Stoke Newington, London, the only child of Stanley Ernest Berrill (1896–1984), a clerk in a men's outfitters, and his wife, Lilian May, née...

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Brigham, Nicholas (d. 1558), administrator and antiquary, is of unknown origins. The date and place of his birth are unrecorded, and there is no evidence, Anthony Wood's surmises notwithstanding, that his family was associated with Caversham in Oxfordshire before his elder brother Anthony...

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Heather Renwick Brigstocke, Baroness Brigstocke (1929–2004) by Jane Bown, 1973 © Jane Bown

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Brigstocke [née Brown], Heather Renwick, Baroness Brigstocke (1929–2004), headmistress and public servant, was born on 2 September 1929 at Upton Lodge nursing home, Alpha Road, Birchington, Kent, the elder daughter of Flying Officer (later Squadron Leader) John Renwick Brown, and his wife, ...

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Brome, Adam (d. 1332), administrator and first founder of Oriel College, Oxford, was probably the son of Thomas of Brome, who took his name from Brome near Eye in Suffolk; according to the inquisition held after the death of Edmund, earl of Cornwall...

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George Buchanan (1506–1582) after Arnold Bronckorst, 1581 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Buchanan, George (1506–1582), poet, historian, and administrator, was born about 1 February 1506 at a farm called The Moss in Killearn parish, Stirlingshire, the fifth of eight children of Thomas Buchanan (d. c.1512) and Agnes Heriot, traditionally said to be of the ...

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Butler, Rohan D'Olier (1917–1996), historian and civil servant, was born on 21 January 1917 at 74 Boundary Road, Hampstead, London, the younger son of Sir Harold Beresford Butler (1883–1951), civil servant, and his wife, Olive Augusta Newenham, daughter of Samuel Abraham Walker Waters...

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Collet, Clara Elizabeth (1860–1948), civil servant and promoter of women's education and employment, was born at Sunny Bank, Hornsey Lane, Islington, London, on 10 September 1860, the second daughter and fourth child of Collet Dobson Collet (1812–1898), a prominent champion of press freedom and editor of ...