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Adams, John (1748/9–1813), schoolmaster and educational writer, was born in Aberdeen. He was educated at Aberdeen University and may have been the John Adams who graduated MA from King's College in 1768. After obtaining a preaching licence he travelled to London, where he was appointed minister of the Scottish church in ...

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Arnold, Thomas Kerchever (bap. 1800, d. 1853), educational writer and theologian, was born at Stamford, Lincolnshire, where he was baptized on 6 March 1800, the son of Thomas Graham Arnold (1769/70–1855), a doctor of medicine, and his wife, Elizabeth. He was the grandson of ...

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Bigland, John (1750–1832), schoolmaster and educational writer, was born at Skirlaugh in Holderness, Yorkshire, of poor parents. At the age of one he went to live with his grandparents. He quickly learned to read under his grandmother's tuition and reputedly was able to read the entire ...

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Thompson Cooper

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Bourn, Thomas (1771–1832), schoolteacher and educational writer, was born in Hackney, Middlesex, on 19 April 1771, and was educated at a private school in Well Street. He became a teacher at the school of the Revd S. Palmer until 1791 when he became a teacher of writing and geography in the private girls' schools run by ...

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Sidney Lee

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Brasse [Brass], John (bap. 1787, d. 1833), educational writer, was baptized at Richmond, Yorkshire, on 26 March 1787, the son of George Brass (1759–1827), a stonemason and sexton, of Richmond, Yorkshire, and his wife, Jane, née Tutin (1762–1832). Lame from birth, he was nominated to a foundationer's place at ...

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Brinsley, John (bap. 1566, d. in or after 1624), schoolmaster and writer on education, was baptized at Belton, Lincolnshire, on 8 December 1566; details of his parents are unknown. He matriculated as a sizar from Christ's College, Cambridge, in March 1581, and graduated BA in 1585 and MA in 1588. He was curate at ...

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Bristed, Charles Astor (1820–1874), literary critic and writer on English university life, was born in New York on 6 October 1820, the son of John Bristed (1778–1855), an English-born clergyman in the protestant Episcopalian church in the USA and a prolific author, and his wife, ...

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Collis, John Day (1816–1879), headmaster and educational writer, son of the Revd Robert Fitzgerald Collis (1790–1863), prebendary of Kilconnell, co. Galway, and his wife, Maria, daughter of Edward Bourke of Nun's Island, Galway, was born on 24 February 1816 at Rathcormack, co. Cork...

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Elizabeth Lee

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Cornwell, James (1812–1902), educational writer, born in east London on 4 August 1812, was one of nine children of James Cornwell, silk manufacturer, and his wife, Mary Blake. Up to the age of fifteen he was mainly self-taught. He then studied at the model school of the ...

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Du Mitand, Louis Huguenin (b. 1748, d. in or after 1816), educational writer, was born in Paris, the son of Huguenin Du Mitand. His father possessed an ample fortune, which he ultimately lost. Louis was educated for five years at a private academy in the ...

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Durell, Clement Vavasor (1882–1968), mathematics teacher and textbook writer, was born on 6 June 1882 at the rectory, Fulbourn, near Cambridge, the son of John Vavasor Durell (1837–1923), rector of Fulbourn, and his wife, Ellen Annie Carlyon. Educated at Felsted School, he entered ...

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Durie [née King], Dorothy (c. 1613–1664), writer on education, was probably born at Bagot-Rath, Dublin, the daughter of Sir John King (d. 1637), royal administrator in Ireland, and Catherine (d. 1617), daughter of Robert Drury, nephew of Sir William Drury, the lord deputy of ...

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Richard Lovell Edgeworth (1744–1817) by Horace Hone, 1785 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Edgeworth, Richard Lovell (1744–1817), educational writer and engineer, was born on 31 May 1744 in Pierrepont Street, Bath, the only surviving son of Richard Edgeworth (1701–1769), a middling Irish country gentleman, whose family had been settled in co. Longford since the seventeenth century, and his wife, ...

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Fenning, Daniel (1714/15–1767), grammarian and textbook writer, is of unknown parentage. On 3 July 1735 he married Mary Mott (d. 1780) at Great Cornard in Suffolk, and the couple lived at nearby Bures, where Fenning was licensed to teach on 25 October 1740. There were twelve children, of whom seven were born at ...

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Fisher [married name Slack], Anne (1719–1778), writer on education, was born in Oldscale, in the parish of Lorton, Cumberland, the daughter of Henry Fisher, yeoman, and was baptized in Lorton on 9 December 1719. She married Thomas Slack (bap. 1723, d. 1784)...

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Fordyce, David (bap. 1711, d. 1751), university teacher and writer on education, was born at Broadford, near Aberdeen, and baptized there on 1 April 1711, the second son of George Fordyce (1663–1733), merchant, farmer, and sometime provost of Aberdeen, and his second wife, ...

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Hack [née Barton], Maria (1777–1844), educational writer, was born in Carlisle on 16 February 1777, the eldest child of John Barton (1755–1789) and Maria (or Mary) Done (1752–1784). Both her parents were members of the Society of Friends. The family moved to ...

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Hay, Archibald (d. 1547), humanist scholar and writer on education, whose parents are not known, was a nephew of James Beaton (archbishop of St Andrews, 1523–39), and a cousin of David Beaton (cardinal and archbishop of St Andrews, 1539–46). Like many Scots of his generation he studied for much of his career in ...

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Francis Watt

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Hoblyn, Richard Dennis (1803–1886), educational writer, was the eldest son of Richard Hoblyn (1771–1827), rector of All Saints, Colchester, and his wife, who was the daughter of James Blatch. He was born at Colchester on 9 April 1803, and educated in his native town, and at ...