Gahagan, Usher (d. 1749), classical scholar and coiner, came from a family in co. Westmeath, Ireland, but nothing more is known about his background or early life. He attended Trinity College, Dublin, with the intention of entering the law but his conversion to Catholicism while a student prevented him from being called to the bar. He left without taking a degree and was disowned by his parents. He married a wealthy heiress, whom he treated cruelly, and they soon separated. His conduct alienated his remaining friends, and with mounting debts he moved to ...
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Mountney, Richard (1707–1768), judge and classical scholar, was born at Putney, London, where he was baptized on 9 November 1707, the son of Richard Mountney (1671?–1707), an officer of the customs house, and Maria (or Anne), née Carey. He had at least one sibling, a sister named ...
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Rogers, Benjamin Bickley (1828–1919), barrister and classical scholar, was born at Shepton Montague, Somerset, on 11 December 1828, the third son of Francis Rogers, of Yarlington Lodge, Wincanton, and his wife, Catharine Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Benjamin Bickley, of Bristol and Ettingshall, Staffordshire...