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William Alexis Jarrin (1784–1848) by unknown engraver, pubd 1820 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Jarrin, William Alexis [Guglielmo Alexis] (1784–1848), confectioner and author, was born in Colorno, near Parma, in northern Italy, on 25 March 1784, the son of William Alexis Jarrin, merchant. Nothing more is known about his family, though the surname suggests they were not of Italian origin. ...


Rylance, Ralph (1782–1834), miscellaneous writer and editor, was born on 30 March 1782 at Bolton-le-Moors, Lancashire, the son of Thomas Rylance, a joiner, and his wife, Alice Beswick or Boswick (d. 1831). He attended Bolton grammar school, leaving in 1797 and entering into a brief apprenticeship with a weaver; by that date ...