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Ascham, Roger (1514/15–1568), author and royal tutor, was born at Kirby Wiske, near Northallerton in the North Riding of Yorkshire, the third of the four sons of John Ascham (d. 1544), steward to Henry, seventh Lord Scrope of Bolton, and his wife, ...

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Burney, Frances (1776–1828), governess and poet, was born in London in January 1776, the fourth child and second daughter of cousins Esther (Hetty) Burney (1749–1832) and Charles Rousseau Burney (1747–1819), and niece of the novelist and diarist Frances Burney, Madame D'Arblay. Her parents were both talented musicians: ...

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Davies, Catherine (b. 1773, d. in or after 1841), governess and author, was born at Beaumaris, Anglesey, one of a family of thirty-three children of a twice-married father. At fifteen she went to Liverpool to work in a merchant's family and subsequently to ...

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Denisot, Nicolas (1515–1559), French poet and tutor, was born at Le Mans, the son of Jean Denisot (d. 1539), bailiff of Assé and advocate in the provincial court of Le Mans. He learned the arts of engraving and cartography and produced maps of ...

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La Fite, Marie Elisabeth de [née Marie Elisabeth le Boué] (1737–1794), author, translator, and governess, was born on 21 August 1737 in Hamburg (or perhaps Altona), the daughter of Alexander le Boué, merchant, and his wife, Marie Elisabeth, née Cottin. Both parents originated from the ...

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Porter, (Ann) Agnes (c. 1752–1814), governess and diarist, was born in Edinburgh, the eldest of the four children of the Revd Dr Francis Porter (bap. 1718, d. 1782), Church of England clergyman, and his wife, Elizabeth (c.1724–1794). Her birthday fell on 18 June but the exact year of her birth is unknown. Her father was born in ...

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Quin, Walter (c. 1575–1641), poet and royal tutor, was born in Dublin. He was apparently studying at Edinburgh University when, in 1595, he was presented to James VI, who was charmed with his manner. He further recommended himself to the king by giving him some poetic anagrams of his own composition on ...

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Weeton [married name Stock], Nelly [Ellen] (1776–1849), letter writer and governess, was born on 25 December 1776 in Lancaster, possibly in Church Street, the second of the four children of Thomas Weeton (1744–1782), privateersman and slave-ship captain, and Mary (1746?–1797), daughter of ...

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Whaley, John (bap. 1710, d. 1745), poet and tutor to Horace Walpole, was baptized at St Andrews, Norwich, on 4 April 1710, the son of Thomas Whalley, a tradesman, and his wife, Mary. His father died when he was young, leaving him in the care of his mother; nothing more is known of his parents. ...