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Auld, William [Bill, Viljo] (1924–2006), Esperanto poet and writer  

Paul Gubbins

Auld, William [Bill, Viljo] (1924–2006), Esperanto poet and writer, was born on 6 November 1924 at Hainault, Lesney Park Road, Erith, Kent, the son of George Auld, a draughtsman and structural engineer, who composed and recited comic verse, and his wife, Williamina Rose (Minnie), ...

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Barlow, Joel (1754–1812), poet and diplomatist  

Michael T. Davis

Barlow, Joel (1754–1812), poet and diplomatist, was born on 24 March 1754 at Redding, Connecticut, the fourth child of Samuel Barlow, farmer, and his second wife, Esther Hull. For several generations the Barlow family maintained a reputation as respectable farmers in America, and ...

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Bevington [married name Guggenberger], Louisa Sarah (1845–1895), poet and anarchist  

Katharine McGowran

Bevington [married name Guggenberger], Louisa Sarah (1845–1895), poet and anarchist, was born on 14 May 1845 in St John's Hill, Battersea, Surrey, and was baptized at St Mary, Battersea, on 25 June 1845, the daughter of Louisa Bevington, née de Horne (...

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Billington, William (1825–1884), poet  

John Langton

Billington, William (1825–1884), poet, was born at Samlesbury in the Ribble valley, Lancashire, on 3 April 1825, when his unemployed hand-loom weaver parents, Benedict and Ann, née Bolton, were working as road navvies. He was baptized at St Mary's Roman Catholic Church in ...

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Bradley, Katharine Harris [pseud. Michael Field] (1846–1914), poet  

Virginia H. Blain

Bradley, Katharine Harris [pseud. Michael Field] (1846–1914), poet, collaborated with her niece Edith Emma Cooper [pseud. Michael Field] (1862–1913) to publish verse under the pseudonym Michael Field. The aunt was born in Birmingham on 27 October 1846, the daughter of ...

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Chatterton, Thomas (1752–1770), poet  

Nick Groom

Chatterton, Thomas (1752–1770), poet, was born on 20 November 1752 ('on a Monday night between 6 and 7 o'clock') at Pile Street School, Bristol, the posthumous son and third child of Thomas Chatterton (1713–1752), writing master of St Mary Redcliffe Pile Street School...

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Clough, Arthur Hugh (1819–1861), poet  

Anthony Kenny

Clough, Arthur Hugh (1819–1861), poet, was born on 1 January 1819 at 5 Rodney Street, Liverpool, the second son of James Butler Clough (1784–1844), a Liverpool cotton merchant of Welsh extraction, and Anne Perfect (d. 1860), the daughter of a Yorkshire banker. In December 1822 the ...

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Clough, Arthur Hugh (1819–1861)  

Maker: Samuel Rowse

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Arthur Hugh Clough (1819–1861) by Samuel Rowse, 1860 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Coleridge, Samuel Taylor (1772–1834)  

Maker: Peter Vandyke

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834) by Peter Vandyke, 1795 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Coleridge, Samuel Taylor (1772–1834), poet, critic, and philosopher  

John Beer

Coleridge, Samuel Taylor (1772–1834), poet, critic, and philosopher, was born on 21 October 1772 at Ottery St Mary, Devon, and baptized there on 30 December, the youngest of ten children born to John Coleridge (bap. 1719, d. 1781), vicar of the town and master of the grammar school, and his second wife, ...

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Coppard, Alfred Edgar (1878–1957), short-story writer and poet  

Thomas Moult

revised by Clare Hanson

Coppard, Alfred Edgar (1878–1957), short-story writer and poet, was born on 4 January 1878 at 35 St John's Street, Folkestone, Kent, the eldest child and only son of the four children of George Coppard (1850–1889), a journeyman tailor, and Emily Alma, ...

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Corbet, Denys (1826–1909), Guernsey patois poet  

Gregory Cox

Corbet, Denys (1826–1909), Guernsey patois poet, was born on 22 May 1826 in the Vale parish, Guernsey, the first of the two children of Peter Corbet, a seafarer, and his wife, Susan, née de Beaucamp. According to a family tradition Peter Corbet drowned while ...

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Cornford [née Darwin], Frances Crofts (1886–1960), poet  

Geoffrey Keynes

revised by Sayoni Basu

Cornford [née Darwin], Frances Crofts (1886–1960), poet, was born in Cambridge on 30 March 1886, the only child of Sir Francis Darwin (1848–1925) and his second wife, Ellen Wordsworth Crofts (1856–1903), daughter of John Crofts, of Leeds. Ellen was a lecturer in English at ...

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Cornford, Frances Crofts (1886–1960)  

Maker: Sir William Rothenstein

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Frances Crofts Cornford (1886–1960) by Sir William Rothenstein, 1925 © Estate of Sir William Rothenstein / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Currie [née Lamb], Mary Montgomerie, Lady Currie [pseud. Violet Fane] (1843–1905), poet and writer  

Helen Small

Currie [née Lamb], Mary Montgomerie, Lady Currie [pseud. Violet Fane] (1843–1905), poet and writer, was born on 24 February 1843 at Littlehampton, Sussex, the eldest among the four children of Charles James Savile Montgomerie Lamb (1816–1856) and (Anna) Charlotte, née Gray (...

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Davies, (William Thomas) Pennar (1911–1996), poet, novelist, and Welsh nationalist  

D. Densil Morgan

Davies, (William Thomas) Pennar (1911–1996), poet, novelist, and Welsh nationalist, was born in Mountain Ash, Glamorgan, on 12 November 1911, the eldest of four children and only son of Joseph Davies, a coalminer, and Edith Anne (née Moss), his wife. Despite the family's disadvantaged circumstances, ...

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Dobell, Sydney Thompson (1824–1874)  

Maker: Briton Riviere

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Sydney Thompson Dobell (1824–1874) by Briton Riviere © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dobell, Sydney Thompson (1824–1874), poet and literary scholar  

Martha Westwater

Dobell, Sydney Thompson (1824–1874), poet and literary scholar, was born on 5 April 1824 at Cranbrook in Kent, the eldest son in the family of ten children of John Dobell, wine merchant and author, and Julietta Thompson, daughter of Samuel Thompson (1766–1837), a religious reformer, who founded the ...

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Dovaston, John Freeman Milward (1782–1854), naturalist and poet  

D. E. Allen

Dovaston, John Freeman Milward (1782–1854), naturalist and poet, the younger child and only son of John Dovaston (1740–1808) and his wife, Ann, née Price, was born on 30 December 1782 in the villa known as The Nursery which his father had personally built on a small ancestral estate developed into a prosperous tree nursery near the village of ...

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Dover, Cedric Cyril (1904–1961), entomologist, anthropologist, and poet  

Michael Banton

Dover, Cedric Cyril (1904–1961), entomologist, anthropologist, and poet, was born on 11 April 1904 in Calcutta to Eurasian parents, Percy and Sophy Dover. He was a descendant of Colonel James Skinner, the founder of what became Skinner's Horse, himself born to a Scottish father and a ...