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Edward Baines (1774–1848) by John Cochran, pubd 1834 (after Thomas Hargreaves) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Baines, Edward (1774–1848), newspaper proprietor, politician, and historian, was born at Walton-le-Dale, near Preston, Lancashire, on 5 February 1774, the second son of Richard Baines (d. 1811) and his wife, Jane (née Chew). Richard Baines, who was born near Ripon and came from a farming family, had moved to ...

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Cunningham, Alexander (1654–1737), historian and diplomat, has often been confused with the critic and jurist of the same name (c.1650–1730), especially as they in some ways had parallel lives, and knew the same people. His parentage is uncertain: Alexander was a favourite Christian name among several branches of the house of ...

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Elliot, Sir Henry Miers (1808–1853), administrator in India and historian, was the third son, one of fifteen children, of John Elliot, colonel-commandant of the Westminster Volunteers, who had married a daughter of John Coakley Lettsom. Elliot attended Winchester College from the age of ten. Though destined for ...

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James Howell (1594?–1666) by Claude Mellan and Abraham Bosse, pubd 1641 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Howell, James (1594?–1666), historian and political writer, was born at Llangamarch, Brecknockshire, the second son and fourth child of Thomas Howell (d. 1632) and his wife, who was a daughter of James David Powell of Bualt. Howell claimed to have fourteen siblings but the pedigree in BL, MS Harl. 4181, p. 258 lists only three sisters and three brothers, who include ...

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Sir William Wilson Hunter (1840–1900) by Barraud, pubd 1893 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hunter, Sir William Wilson (1840–1900), administrator in India and historian, was born on 15 July 1840, the son of Andrew Galloway Hunter, a Glasgow manufacturer from Denholm, Roxburghshire, and his wife, Isabella Wilson, a younger sister of James Wilson (1805–1860). He was educated at ...

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Hyde, Harford Montgomery [H. Montgomery Hyde] (1907–1989), politician and historian, was born on 14 August 1907 at Ranelagh, Malone Road, Belfast, the son of James Johnstone Hyde JP, linen merchant, and his wife, Isobel Greenfield, née Montgomery. He was later very proud of the part played by his family in developing the ...

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Monteith, William (1790–1864), army officer in the East India Company, diplomatist, and historian, son of William Monteith and his wife, Janet Goodwin, was born in the Abbey parish, Paisley, Renfrewshire, on 22 June 1790. On 18 March 1809 he was appointed a lieutenant in the ...

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Penhallow, Samuel (1665–1726), politician and historian in America, was born on 2 July 1665 at St Mabyn in Cornwall, a son of Chamond Penhallow, a gentleman farmer, and his wife, Ann Tamlyn. Nothing is known of Samuel's childhood, but in 1683, at the age of eighteen, his father enrolled him in ...