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Oscar Browning (1837–1923) by Ignacio Zuloaga y Zabaleta, 1900 by kind permission of the Provost and Fellows of King's College, Cambridge

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Browning, Oscar (1837–1923), teacher and historian, was born on 17 January 1837 at 8 Cumberland Terrace, Regent's Park, London, third son of William Shipton Browning (d. 1853), distiller, of Smithfield, and his wife, Mariana Margaret (1799–1889), daughter of Thomas Bridge (1772–1858), captain in the ...

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Craufurd [Crawfurd], Thomas (d. 1662), university teacher and historian, was educated at St Leonard's College in the University of St Andrews, where he matriculated in 1618 and graduated MA in 1621. In 1625 he was an unsuccessful candidate for the professorship of philosophy in the ...

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Hourani, Albert Habib (1915–1993), historian and Arabist, was born on 31 March 1915 in Didsbury, south Manchester, the fifth of the six children of Fadlo Hourani (1871–1960), a textile exporter, and his wife, Soumaiya (1881–1943), daughter of the Revd Yuakim and Khazma Racy...

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James Bysse Joll (1918–1994) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Joll, James Bysse (1918–1994), historian, was born on 21 June 1918 in Bristol, the eldest son of Lieutenant-Colonel Harry Haweis Joll (1881–1950) and his wife, Alice Muriel Edwards (1889–1955). He was educated at Winchester College, where he was an exhibitioner, and spent a year at the ...

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Keir, Sir David Lindsay (1895–1973), historian and university administrator, was born on 22 May 1895 at Bellingham, Northumberland, the eldest in the family of two sons and three daughters of the Revd William Keir, Presbyterian minister, of Aberuthven, Perthshire, and his wife, Elizabeth Craig...

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Mackie, Charles (1688–1770), historian and university teacher, was born at Limekilns, near Dunfermline, Fife, on 31 March 1688, the son of William Mackie (d. 1699), then minister at Portmoak, Kinross-shire, and his wife, Christine (d. 1688), daughter of Magnus Aytoun, clerk at ...

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Mason, Timothy Wright (1940–1990), historian, was born at Birkenhead on 2 February 1940, the eldest child of Walter Wright Mason, a teacher of physics and then lecturer at a teacher training college, and his wife, Isabel Anna Smith (d. 1990), a French teacher. He was educated at ...

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Sir John Harold Plumb (1911–2001) by Paul Joyce, 1975 © Paul Joyce; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Plumb, Sir John Harold [Jack] (1911–2001), historian and college head, was born at 65 Walton Street, Leicester, on 20 August 1911, the third son of James Plumb, a shoe clicker in a boot and shoe factory, and his wife, Sarah Ann, née Timson...

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Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh (1861–1922) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Raleigh, Sir Walter Alexander (1861–1922), literary scholar and historian, was born on 5 September 1861 at 4 Highbury Quadrant, London, the fifth child and only son of Alexander Raleigh (1817–1880), then Congregational minister of Hare Court Chapel, Canonbury, London, and his wife, Mary Darling...

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Shields, Cuthbert [formerly Robert Laing] (1840–1908), historian and eccentric, was born on 21 March 1840 in George Street, North Shields, Northumberland, the first child of Robert Laing, master mariner, and his wife, Charlotte Sophia, daughter of Dr Charles Coleman of Maidstone, Kent...

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Richard Morris Titmuss (1907–1973) by Elliott & Fry, 1953 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Titmuss, Richard Morris (1907–1973), historian and teacher of social administration, was born on 16 October 1907 at Lane Farm, Stopsley, near Luton in Bedfordshire, the second child of an unsuccessful small farmer, Morris Titmuss, whose wife, Maud Louise Farr, of rather less modest farming origins, bore him four children. The family lived an isolated and impecunious life in ...