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Hawkins, John (c. 1587–c. 1641), grammarian and translator, belonged to the old Catholic family of Hawkins from Nash Court, Boughton under Blean, Kent. He was the son of Sir Thomas Hawkins (1548/9–1617), landowner, and his wife, Ann, née Pettyt (1551/2–1616). Two of his elder brothers, ...


G. Le G. Norgate

revised by John D. Haigh

Render, Wilhelm (fl. 1790–1809), grammarian and translator, was a native of Germany, probably brought up in or near Heppenheim, south of Darmstadt. Nothing is known of his parents. He attended Giessen University, and was ordained to the Lutheran ministry. He was also a member of the freemasons. For a time he acted as '...


Willem Sewel (1653–1720) by Jacob de Later, 1705 (after Gerrit Rademaker) Rijksprentenkabinet, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam


Sewel, Willem (1653–1720), translator, lexicographer, and historian of Quakerism, was born in the Netherlands on 19 April 1653 at Angeliers Gracht, Amsterdam, probably the only child of Jakob Willemszoon Zewel (d. 1658/9), a surgeon, and his wife, Judith (c.1631–1664), daughter of ...


D. S. Margoliouth

revised by Roger Steer

Young, Robert (1822–1888), philologist and translator, son of George Young, manager of a flour mill, and Jean Dudgeon, was born in Edinburgh or in East Lothian on 10 September 1822; his father died when Robert was a child. After education at private schools, he was apprenticed to the printing trade and set up as a printer and bookseller on his own account in 1847. During his apprenticeship he used his spare time to study Hebrew and other oriental languages, and also interested himself in religious work; for three years he was connected with ...