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Opie, Peter Mason (1918–1982), book collector and historian of the lore of childhood, the only child of Major Philip Adams Opie, of the Royal Army Medical Corps, and his wife, Margaret Collett-Mason, was born on 25 November 1918 in Cairo, Egypt, where his father was serving as an army doctor and where his mother had been a volunteer nurse. His father was later posted to ...


William Ralston Shedden- Ralston (1828–1889) by I. S.? Panov (after unknown artist, c. 1875) © National Portrait Gallery, London


Ralston, William Ralston Shedden- (1828–1889), librarian, folklorist, and Russian scholar, was born on 4 April 1828 in York Terrace, Regent's Park, London, the only son of William Patrick Ralston Shedden (1794–1880), merchant of Calcutta, and his wife, Frances Sophia, daughter of William Browne...