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Richard Irvine Best (1872–1959) by John Butler Yeats, 1906 Courtesy of the National Gallery of Ireland


Best, Richard Irvine (1872–1959), philologist and bibliographer, was born at 3 Bishop Street, Derry, on 17 January 1872, the son of Henry Best (who was of English descent), an excise officer, and his wife, Margaret Jane Irvine. He was educated at Foyle College...


Butler, Edward Dundas (1842–1919), linguist and librarian, was born on 15 October 1842 at 6 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London, the son of Thomas Butler and his wife, Jane Isabella, née North. Having been educated at Blue Coat School, London, he joined the department of printed books of the ...


Wheelocke, Abraham (c. 1593–1653), linguist and librarian, was born in the parish of Whitchurch in Shropshire. He was brought up at Loppington in the same county, and remained deeply attached to Shropshire throughout his life. Wheelocke was always ready to help students from ...