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Abbott, George (1604–1649), writer and politician  

Stephen K. Roberts

Abbott, George (1604–1649), writer and politician, was born in 1604 and baptized on 13 March at St Mary Bishophill Junior, York, the son of George Abbott (d. 1607) of York and Joan, the daughter of Aleyn Penkeston. Both Abbott's father and grandfather ...

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Addison, Joseph (1672–1719), writer and politician  

Pat Rogers

Addison, Joseph (1672–1719), writer and politician, was born on 1 May 1672 at the rectory, Milston, a hamlet north of Amesbury in Wiltshire, the son of Lancelot Addison (1632–1703) and his wife, Jane, née Gulston (c.1635?–1684). His father was at that time vicar of ...

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Addison, Joseph (1672–1719)  

Maker: Sir Godfrey Kneller

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Joseph Addison (1672–1719) by Sir Godfrey Kneller, c. 1703–12 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Andrews, Charles Freer (1871–1940)  

Maker: Howard Coster

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Charles Freer Andrews (1871–1940) by Howard Coster, 1935 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Andrews, Charles Freer (1871–1940), author and campaigner for Indian independence  

Hugh Tinker

Andrews, Charles Freer (1871–1940), author and campaigner for Indian independence, was born at Newcastle upon Tyne on 12 February 1871, the second son of John Edwin Andrews, minister in the Catholic Apostolic (or Irvingite) church, and his second wife, Mary Charlotte Cartwright (1840–1914)...

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Barnes, Leonard John (1895–1977), writer and campaigner against colonialism  

Stephen Howe

Barnes, Leonard John (1895–1977), writer and campaigner against colonialism, was born in Ealing, Middlesex, on 21 July 1895, the only son (he had a younger sister) of John Albert Barnes (1857/8–1932), a senior Colonial Office civil servant, and his wife, Kate Oakeshott...

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Baynes, Roger (1546–1623), author and administrator  

Michael E. Williams

Baynes, Roger (1546–1623), author and administrator, was the son of Hugh Baynes of Shrewsbury. In his will he mentions a brother who married in Spain and two brothers living in England. He was admitted to the Middle Temple on 24 November 1565. In May 1572 ...

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Becon, Richard (fl. 1567–1611), author and administrator  

Sean Kelsey

Becon, Richard (fl. 1567–1611), author and administrator, is of unknown parents but is said to have descended from a Suffolk family. If this is so, then he and his family would appear to have eluded the heralds in 1561—unless, that is, they failed to attract their attention. He entered ...

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Blair, Eric Arthur [pseud. George Orwell] (1903–1950), political writer and essayist  

Bernard Crick

Blair, Eric Arthur [pseud. George Orwell] (1903–1950), political writer and essayist, was born in Motihari, Bengal, India, on 25 June 1903, the only son of Richard Walmesley Blair (1857–1938), a sub-deputy opium agent in the government of Bengal, and his wife, Ida Mabel Limouzin (1875–1943)...

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Blair, Eric Arthur [George Orwell] (1903–1950)  

Maker: Felix H. Man

Eric Arthur Blair [George Orwell] (1903–1950) by Felix H. Man, c. 1947 © Estate of Felix H. Man / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bourinot, Sir John George (1836–1902), author and civil servant in Canada  

Margaret A. Banks

Bourinot, Sir John George (1836–1902), author and civil servant in Canada, was born on 24 October 1836 at The Esplanade, Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, the eldest of the eleven children of John Bourinot (1814–1884), a merchant and member of the house of assembly...

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Childers, (Robert) Erskine (1870–1922), author and politician  

Jim Ring

Childers, (Robert) Erskine (1870–1922), author and politician, was born in London on 25 June 1870, the second son of Robert Caesar Childers (1838–1876), a distinguished orientalist, and his wife, Anna Mary Henrietta (d. 1883), daughter of Thomas Johnston Barton of Glendalough House, co. Wicklow...

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Curtis, Lionel George (1872–1955), writer and public servant  

Alex May

Curtis, Lionel George (1872–1955), writer and public servant, was born at The Outwoods, near Derby, on 7 March 1872, the youngest of four children of the Revd George James Curtis (d. 1904), rector of Coddington church, Ledbury, Herefordshire, and his wife, Frances (...

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Curtis, Lionel George (1872–1955)  

Maker: Ramsey & Muspratt

Lionel George Curtis (1872–1955) by Ramsey & Muspratt, c. 1935–40 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Davies, David Richard (1889–1958), writer, political agitator, and minister of religion  

Matthew Grimley

Davies, David Richard (1889–1958), writer, political agitator, and minister of religion, was born at Pontycymer, Glamorgan, on 19 February 1889, the son of Richard Davies and his wife, Hannah. He was the youngest of four children. His father had been a miner, but had broken his back in a colliery accident before ...

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Dickenson, John (c. 1570–1635/6), author and government official  

Gavin Alexander

Dickenson, John (c. 1570–1635/6), author and government official, began and ended his career in London but spent much of his adult life in the Low Countries and Germany. Nothing is known of his early life. He probably studied at Cambridge and may be identified with a pensioner at ...

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Dilke, Sir Charles Wentworth, second baronet (1843–1911)  

Maker: George Frederic Watts

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Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke, second baronet (1843–1911) by George Frederic Watts, 1873 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dilke, Sir Charles Wentworth, second baronet (1843–1911), writer and politician  

Roy Jenkins

Dilke, Sir Charles Wentworth, second baronet (1843–1911), writer and politician, was born in London on 4 September 1843 at 76 Sloane Street, on the edge of Belgravia and Chelsea, which house he was to inherit from his father, (Charles) Wentworth Dilke, first baronet...

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Domett, Alfred (1811–1887), writer and premier of New Zealand  

Jeanine Graham

Domett, Alfred (1811–1887), writer and premier of New Zealand, was born on 20 May 1811 at Camberwell Grove, Camberwell, Surrey, the sixth of the nine children of Nathaniel Domett, a shipowner, and his wife, Elizabeth Curling. He was educated at Stockwell Park House...

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Domett, Alfred (1811–1887)  

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Alfred Domett (1811–1887) by unknown photographer, after 1870 Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa