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Phillips, William (1822–1905), botanist and antiquary, was born on 4 May 1822 at Presteigne, the ninth of the ten children of Thomas and Elizabeth Phillips. After an elementary education in Presteigne, Phillips moved to Shrewsbury about 1836 to work with his older brothers in their tailor's shop in ...

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Venn, John (1834–1923), philosopher and antiquary, was born on 4 August 1834 at Drypool, Hull, the first of the two children of Henry Venn (1796–1873), fellow of Queens' College, Cambridge, evangelical divine, and secretary of the Church Missionary Society, and his wife, Martha Sykes (...

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Wright, Thomas (1810–1877), historian and antiquary, was born at Tenbury, Worcestershire, on 23 April 1810, the son of Thomas Wright. His father's family came from near Bradford. His paternal grandfather, Thomas Wright, a Wesleyan Methodist, was the author of a satirical poem, 'A Modern Familiar Religious Conversation'...