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Lucy Aikin (1781–1864) by unknown photographer private collection; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Barbara Brandon Schnorrenberg

Aikin, Lucy (1781–1864), historian, the fourth child and only daughter of John Aikin MD (1747–1822), and his wife, Martha Jennings (d. 1830), was born in Warrington on 6 November 1781. Her three brothers were Arthur Aikin, Charles Rochemont Aikin, and Edmund Aikin...

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Benn, George (1801–1882), historian, was born on 1 January 1801 at Tandragee, co. Armagh, the fourth of six children of John Benn (1767–1853), a brewer. His obituarist noted that George attributed his unionist sympathies to the fact that he was born on the day the ...

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Alan Louis Charles Bullock, Baron Bullock (1914–2004) by Godfrey Argent Studio, 1969 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bullock, Alan Louis Charles, Baron Bullock (1914–2004), historian and college head, was born at 14 Rock Road, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, on 13 December 1914, the only child of Frank Allen Bullock (1887–1964) and his wife, Edith Annie, née Brand (b. 1888). Frank Bullock...

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Draper, John William (1811–1882), chemist and historian, was born in St Helens, Lancashire, on 5 May 1811, the third child and only son of John Christopher Draper (d. 1828/9), a Wesleyan minister of Heptonstall, Yorkshire, and his wife, Sarah Ripley (d...

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Alexander Gordon (1841–1931) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gordon, Alexander (1841–1931), Unitarian minister and historian, was born on 9 June 1841 at Cheylesmore Manor House, Coventry, the second of the five sons of John Gordon (1807–1880), a Unitarian minister. John Gordon was born at Dudley, Worcestershire, on 1 March 1807, the son of ...

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Hilton, Rodney Howard (1916–2002), historian, was born on 17 November 1916 at 92 Hollin Lane, Middleton, Lancashire, the youngest child of John James Hilton, formerly a weaver, but by that time manager of the Middleton and Stone Co-operative Society, and his wife, Anne, ...

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Charles Merivale (1808–1893) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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J. M. Rigg

revised by John D. Pickles

Merivale, Charles (1808–1893), historian and dean of Ely, second son in the large family of John Herman Merivale (1779–1844), commissioner in bankruptcy, and Louisa Heath (1787–1873), daughter of Joseph Drury, was born at 14 East Street, Red Lion Square, London, on 8 March 1808. His father being a Unitarian and his mother an Anglican, he was brought up in a climate of undogmatic and practical piety. At the age of fifteen he joined the ...

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Morse, Hosea Ballou (1855–1934), customs official and historian of China, was born on 18 July 1855 in South Brookfield, Queens county, Nova Scotia, the first of the four children of Albert David Morse (1832–1900) and his wife, née Mercey Dexter Park (c...

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William Roscoe (1753–1831) by Sir Martin Archer Shee, 1822 Board of Trustees of the National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool)

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Roscoe, William (1753–1831), historian and patron of the arts, was born on 8 March 1753 at the Old Bowling Green House, Mount Pleasant, Liverpool, the only son of William Roscoe (bap. 1714, d. 1793), innkeeper, and his wife, Elizabeth (1719–1771), daughter of ...

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Alexander Gordon

revised by Nilanjana Banerji

Sanford, John Langton (1824–1877), historian, was born at Upper Clapton, London, on 22 June 1824, the son of Henry Sanford and his wife, Lucy Langton. He studied at University College, London, and afterwards entered Lincoln's Inn. He read in the chambers of John Richard Quain...

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D. L. Thomas

revised by Brynley F. Roberts

Stephens, Thomas (1821–1875), historian, born at Pontneddfechan, Glamorgan, on 21 April 1821, was the son of Evan Stephens, a shoemaker, and his wife, Margaret, daughter of William Williams, minister of the Unitarian church at Blaen-gwrach. Stephens was educated at a private school at ...

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Joshua Toulmin (1740–1815) by George Clint, pubd 1810 (after Richard Bonington) Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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Toulmin, Joshua (1740–1815), Unitarian minister and historian, was born in Aldersgate Street, London, on 30 April 1740. He was the son of Caleb Toulmin of Aldersgate Street and his wife, Mary, daughter of Thomas Skinner. In later life he acknowledged his debt to the religious values of his nonconformist upbringing. In 1748 he entered ...