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Graham, Colin (1931–2007), opera director and librettist, was born on 22 September 1931 at 17 Fourth Avenue, Hove, Sussex, the son of Frederick Eaton Graham-Bonnalie (1897–1979), physician and medical author, and his first wife, Alexandra Diana Vivian (Anore), née Finlay (1909–1988). His parents divorced while he was still young and both subsequently remarried. Educated at ...

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James Montgomery (1771–1854) by Charles Turner, pubd 1819 (after John Raphael Smith) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Montgomery, James (1771–1854), hymn writer and poet, was born on 4 November 1771 in Irvine, Ayrshire, the second of the four children of John Montgomery (1734–1791), and his wife, Mary, née Blackley (d. 1790). His family, originally from Scotland, had been settled for several generations in ...

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(Robert) Bruce Montgomery [Edmund Crispin] (1921–1978) by Lida Moser, 1953 courtesy Vincent Cianni Photographs / Lida Moser

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Montgomery, (Robert) Bruce [pseud. Edmund Crispin] (1921–1978), composer and detective novelist, was born on 2 October 1921 at Blackwood, Bois Lane, Chesham Bois, Buckinghamshire, the fourth child and only son of Robert Ernest Montgomery (1878–1962), sometime secretary to the high commissioner for ...