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Abbot, John (1587/8–c. 1650), Roman Catholic priest and poet, is of unknown parentage and is variously recorded as 'of London' and 'of Leicester'. He was born a protestant, and was reputedly a nephew of George Abbot, who became archbishop of ...

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Thompson Cooper

revised by Michael Bevan

Abbott, Lemuel (d. 1776), Church of England clergyman and poet, whose family background is obscure, became curate of Ansty, Leicestershire, in 1756, and vicar of Thornton, in the same county, in 1773. He published Poems on Various Subjects, whereto is Prefixed a Short Essay on the Structure of English Verse...

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Thompson Cooper

revised by Megan A. Stephan

Abbott, Thomas Eastoe (1786/7–1854), poet, was born at East Dereham, Norfolk. He was descended from a Suffolk family, and resided for many years at Darlington. For his services in connection with the Royal Free Grammar School, he was presented with a valuable testimonial by the inhabitants of that town. ...

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Abdy [née Smith], Maria (c. 1800–1867), poet, was the daughter of Richard Smith, a solicitor, and his wife, Maria, née Smith (1773–1828/9), who was the daughter of a solicitor and sister of James Smith (1775–1839) and Horatio (Horace) Smith (1779–1849), joint authors of the famous poetic parodies ...

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Ackland, Mary Kathleen Macrory- [pseud. Valentine Ackland] (1906–1969), poet, was born on 20 May 1906 at 54 Brook Street, Mayfair, London, the younger daughter of Robert Craig Ackland (1865–1923), a West End dental surgeon, and his wife, Ruth Kathleen, née Macrory (1876/7–1961)...

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Acton, Eliza (1799–1859), writer on cookery and poet, was born at Battle, Sussex, on 17 April 1799, the eldest of the five children of John Acton and his wife, Elizabeth, née Mercer. The Actons were a Suffolk family, and returned there soon after ...

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Adams, Richard (bap. 1620, d. 1661), poet, was baptized at St Leonard Eastcheap in London on 8 January 1620, the second son of Sir Thomas Adams, first baronet (bap. 1586, d. 1668), and his wife, Ann (1592–1642), daughter of Humphrey Maptide (d...

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Alexander [née Humphreys], Cecil Frances [Fanny] (1818–1895), hymn writer and poet, was born at 25 Eccles Street, Dublin. She was the second daughter of John Humphreys, a second lieutenant in the Royal Marines and later brigade major in the Tyrone yeomanry, and his wife, ...

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Cecil Frances Alexander (1818–1895) by Charles Napier Kennedy, 1894 photograph © Ulster Museum. Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of the Trustees of the National Museums & Galleries of Northern Ireland

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Alexander, William, first earl of Stirling (1577–1640), poet and politician, was born probably at Menstrie Castle in Clackmannanshire, the only son (there were four daughters) of Alexander Alexander (d. 1581) and Marion, daughter of Gilbert Graham of Gartavertane. His descent has been traced from the lords of the ...

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William Alexander, first earl of Stirling (1577–1640) by unknown artist Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Aleyn, Charles (d. 1640), poet, was born in Cambridgeshire, and was admitted sizar at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, on 26 January 1618. He proceeded BA in 1621–2, and MA in 1625. He became a master in the school of Thomas Farnaby in Cripplegate, London...

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Allan, Peter John (1825–1848), poet, was born at York on 6 June 1825, the third son of Dr Colin Allan and Jane Gibbon. His father became the chief medical officer of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and so Allan spent the majority of his childhood there, before moving to ...

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A. H. Bullen

revised by Jonathan Pritchard

Allestry, Jacob (1653–1686), poet, was the son of James Allestry (d. 1670), the eminent London bookseller and printer to the Royal Society. He entered Westminster School (as captain of the election) in 1667 and continued his education at Christ Church, Oxford, where he matriculated on 3 July 1672. He was appointed reader of the music speech at the 1679 act, and ...

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William Allingham (1824–1889) by Helen Allingham, 1876 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Allingham, William (1824–1889), poet, was born on 19 March 1824 in Ballyshannon, co. Donegal, the eldest of the five children of William Allingham and his wife, Elizabeth, née Crawford (d. 1833). His father ran a shipping business, plying cargo such as timber and slate, between ...

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Andrewe, Thomas (fl. 1600–1604), soldier and poet, is known only by his poem in rhyming couplets The Unmasking of a Feminine Machiavell, published in 1604. Its autobiographical nature is revealed in its preface 'To the Reader' and in a commendatory poem by Samuel Rowlands...

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A. B. Grosart

revised by Elizabeth Haresnape

Andrewes [Andrews], John [pseud. I. A.] (b. 1582/3), poet, was born in Somerset of unknown parents. He matriculated at Trinity College, Oxford, on 9 July 1601, aged eighteen, and proceeded to a BA on 17 December 1605. He later became a 'painful preacher of God's word' in ...

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Andrews, Richard (bap. 1575, d. 1634), physician and poet, was baptized on 31 July 1575 at St Leonard Eastcheap, London, the second son of William Andrews (d. 1588), twice joint warden of the Butchers' Company, and his wife, Elizabeth Harrison, of the same parish. From ...

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Edward Dowden

revised by Catherine Pease-Watkin

Anster, John (1793–1867), jurist and poet, was born in Charleville, co. Cork, the son of John Anster. He entered Trinity College, Dublin, in 1810, and obtained a scholarship in 1814. In Easter term 1824 Anster was called to the Irish bar; in the following year he took the degree of doctor of laws. In 1832 he married ...