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Dawson, Benjamin (1729–1814), Church of England clergyman and philologist, was born in Halifax, the sixth of the seven sons of Eli Dawson (d. 1744), Presbyterian minister of Morley, Yorkshire, and his wife, Alice Taylor. He and his brother Thomas Dawson (c. 1725–1782)...

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Littleton, Adam (1627–1694), Church of England clergyman and philologist, was born on 2 November 1627 at Halesowen, which was then in Shropshire, the sixth son of Thomas Littleton, the vicar there. He claimed to descend from the ancient Littleton/Westcote family of ...

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Nares, Robert (1753–1829), philologist and clergyman, was born on 9 June 1753 at York, one of the four children of James Nares (bap. 1715, d. 1783), organist of York Minster, and his second wife, Jane Bacon of York. He was the nephew of ...

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Thomson, Richard (d. 1613), philologist and Church of England clergyman, was born in the Netherlands of one English parent, the other, and most likely his mother, probably being a native of Brabant. Popularly known, therefore, as Dutch Thomson upon migrating to England, he matriculated as sizar at ...