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Almon, John (1737–1805), bookseller and political journalist, was born on 17 December 1737 in Moore Street, Liverpool, to the Irish-born John Almon (b. 1706), seaman, and his wife, Isabella Thompson (d. 1744). Apprenticed to a Liverpool bookseller in March 1751, Almon...

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Isabella Mary Beeton (1836–1865) by Maull & Polyblank, c. 1860–65 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Beeton [née Mayson], Isabella Mary (1836–1865), writer on household management and journalist, was born on 14 March 1836 at Milk Street, off Cheapside in the City of London, the eldest in the family of three daughters and a son of Benjamin Mayson (1801–1840)...

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Driver, Christopher Prout (1932–1997), journalist and writer on food, was born in India on 1 December 1932, the son of Arthur Herbert Driver, a Presbyterian medical missionary, and his wife, Elsie Kathleen Shepherd. When the family returned to England, Dr Driver ran Book in Hand...

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Edwards, (Allen) Clement (1869–1938), trade unionist, barrister, and journalist, was born on 7 June 1869 in Knighton, Radnorshire, the third of seven children born to George Benjamin Edwards, auctioneer, master tailor, and draper, and Sarah Ellen (née Tudge). Both parents came from farming, nonconformist, and radical families in the border areas. ...

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Ambrose Heath (1891–1969) by Howard Coster, 1939 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Heath, Ambrose (1891–1969), writer on cookery and journalist, was born Francis Geoffrey Miller (the second forename was later changed to Gerald) on 7 February 1891 at 16 Broadhurst Gardens, Hampstead, London, the son of Francis Miller (1866–1935), electrical engineer, and his wife, ...

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Innes, Jocasta Claire Traill (1934–2013), journalist, cookery writer, and interior design writer, was born on 21 May 1934 in Nanking (Nanjing), China, the eldest of four children of Paul Joseph Anthony Innes (1906–1977), a Shell Oil executive, and his wife, Alice Eileen, née...

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Jackson, Michael (1942–2007), journalist and writer on beer and whisky, was born on 27 March 1942 at Stockeld Park maternity home, Spofforth, Wetherby, Yorkshire, the son of Isaac (Jack) Jackson, First Aid Party member and commercial traveller, and Margaret Duff, née Millington, the wife of ...

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Sir Peter Gordon Masefield (1914–2006) by J. Russell & Sons Royal Aeronautical Society (National Aerospace Library)

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Masefield, Sir Peter Gordon (1914–2006), aeronautical engineer, journalist, and industrialist, was born at Tolima, Albert Road, Trentham, Staffordshire, on 19 March 1914, the son of William Gordon Masefield (1885–1974), a doctor specializing in mental health, and his wife, Marian Ada (1885–1976), daughter of ...

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Morrison, James (1802–1835), journalist and trade unionist, was born in Newcastle upon Tyne to working-class parents, probably of Scottish descent. A house-painter by trade, he first came into public life in Birmingham in his mid-twenties. In 1822 he began to live with the sixteen-year-old ...

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Murdoch, John (1818–1903), journalist and customs and excise official, was born on 15 January 1818 at Lynemore Farm, Ardclach, Nairnshire, Scotland, the second child and eldest son of the nine children of John Murdoch, farm manager, and Mary McPherson, daughter of an Inverness-shire...

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Newton, William (1822–1876), trade unionist and journalist, was born in Congleton, Cheshire, the son of William Newton, a skilled engineer. He began an engineering apprenticeship at Kirk's foundry, Etruria, Staffordshire, at the age of fourteen, became a member of the Journeymen Steam Engine and Machine Makers' Society...

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Peel [née Bayliff], Constance Dorothy Evelyn (1868–1934), journalist and writer on household management, was born on 27 April 1868 at Ganarew, Herefordshire, the seventh of nine children (four of whom died in infancy) of Richard Lane Bayliff, captain in the 100th regiment...

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Postgate, Raymond William (1896–1971), journalist and writer on food and wine, was born in Cambridge on 6 November 1896, the eldest of four sons and second of the six children of John Percival Postgate (1853–1926), classical scholar and fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge...

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Potter, George (1832–1893), trade unionist and journalist, was born in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, the son of Edmund William Potter, a carpenter, and his wife, Anne. As one of seven children, he had to leave the local endowed school after only a few years to find paid work, before following his father into the woodworking trade through an apprenticeship with a joiner in ...

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Prentice, Archibald (1792–1857), journalist and free-trader, was born on 17 November 1792 at Covington Mains, a farm in the Upper ward of Lanarkshire, Scotland. He was one of seven children born to the yeoman farmer Archibald Prentice and his second wife, Helen, daughter of ...

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James Reid (1932–2010) by David Reed, 1971 © David Reed / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Reid, James [Jimmy] (1932–2010), trade unionist, political activist, and journalist, was born at 56 Whitefield Road, Govan, Glasgow, on 9 July 1932, the younger son and second youngest of the seven children of Leo Reid, casual labourer, and his wife, Isabella, née McLean...