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G. V. Benson

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Brown, James (1709–1788), traveller and scholar, was born at Kelso, Roxburghshire, on 23 May 1709, the son of James Brown, physician, of Kelso. Nothing is known of his family background but it seems to have involved an early move to London, since he was educated at ...


Alfred Hyman Louis (1829–1915) by Histed © National Portrait Gallery, London


Louis, Alfred Hyman (1829–1915), scholar and visionary vagrant, was born in 1829 in Birmingham, the eldest son of Hyman Tobias (or Tobar) Louis, a well-to-do merchant, and his wife, Maria. At fifteen he entered King Edward's School, Birmingham, where he began long friendships with ...


Witt, Johannes de (c. 1566–1622), humanist and visitor to London, was born in Utrecht, the Netherlands, the son of Steven de Witt (d. 1572), knight, and his second wife, Machteld Bruininck Foeck. De Witt was descended from a respectable Utrecht family, several of whose members had distinguished themselves as legal specialists in public office. When ...