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C. W. Sutton

revised by Clare Cotugno

Crewdson [née Fox], Jane (1808–1863), poet and hymn writer, was born at Perran-ar-worthal, Cornwall, on 22 October 1808, the second of three daughters of George Fox, manager of a local iron foundry; his cousin was the scientific writer Charles Fox (1797–1878). In 1825 the family moved to ...

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Eccles, Solomon (1617?–1682), musician and Quaker missionary, was probably baptized on 14 September 1617 at Hatfield, Hertfordshire, the son of Solomon Eccles. His father was a musician, but little else is known of Eccles's early life. He appears to have lived at ...

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Goodey, Tom [performing name Roger Clayson] (1885–1953), parasitologist and singer, the ninth and last child of Thomas Goodey, boot manufacturer, and his wife, Hannah Clayson (d. c.1887), was born on 28 July 1885 at Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. He won a scholarship to the ...

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Harwood, Basil (1859–1949), organist and composer, was born on 11 April 1859 at Woodhouse, Olveston, Gloucestershire, the eighth son and youngest of the nine children of Edward Harwood (1818–1907), a banker and JP, and his first wife, Mary (1840–1867), the daughter of Young Sturge...

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Gerard Hoffnung (1925–1959) by Peter Keen, late 1950s © Peter Keen; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hoffnung, Gerard [formerly Gerhardt] (1925–1959), cartoonist and musical humorist, was born in Grünewald, Berlin, on 22 March 1925, the only child of German-Jewish parents, Ludwig Hoffnung, a wealthy grain merchant, and his wife, Hilde, a widow, whose first husband, Schnabel, was killed in the First World War. His mother was a keen amateur musician and artist who encouraged his artistic talents. From his earliest years he was interested in the macabre—fairy tales, practical jokes, and the comic drawings of the famous German illustrators and caricaturists....

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Horniman, Frederick John (1835–1906), tea merchant and founder of the Horniman Museum, London, was born on 8 October 1835 at Bridgwater, Somerset, the fourth of six children of John Horniman (1803–1893) and his wife, Ann, daughter of Thomas Smith of Witney. The first two children and the last died in infancy; young ...

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Henry Davey

revised by James J. Nott

MacKinlay, Antoinette Sterling (1843x50–1904), singer, was born at Sterlingville, New York, the daughter of James Sterling, an ironmaster; she claimed descent from William Bradford, one of the Pilgrim Fathers. Her date of birth is contested: several sources give 23 January 1843 and others give 1850, while her death certificate suggests that she was born in 1846 or 1847. As a child, she imbibed strongly anti-British prejudices, and, stirred by stories of the ...

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Steinitz, (Charles) Paul Joseph (1909–1988), conductor and musicologist, was born on 25 August 1909 in Chichester, Sussex, the son of the Revd Charles Steinitz, a Church of England clergyman, and his wife, Sarah Jessie Prior. He was educated privately, and in the late 1920s entered the ...

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Swann, Donald Ibrahim (1923–1994), composer and pianist, was born on 30 September 1923 at 27 Coleshill Terrace, Llanelli, the elder of the two children of Herbert William Swann (1894–1969), a medical practitioner, and his wife, Naguimé Sultán, née Piszóva (1892–1935), a nurse. His forebears had emigrated to ...