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Arthur H. Grant

revised by Eric Metcalfe

Brunton, George (1799–1836), lawyer and journalist, was born on 31 January 1799 in St Cuthberts, Midlothian, the son of George Brunton and his wife, Agnes Baxter, and was educated at the Canongate high school, Edinburgh. He was admitted a solicitor in 1831, and in the following year, with ...

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Coulson, Walter (1795–1860), newspaper editor and barrister, son of Thomas Coulson (1767–1845), master painter in the Royal Dockyard, Devonport, Devon, and his wife, Catherine, second daughter of Walter Borlase, surgeon, of Penzance, Cornwall, was born at Torpoint in Cornwall, on 9 April 1795. His birth was registered at ...

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Crawford, George Morland (1812–1885), lawyer and journalist, was born on 6 December 1812 at Chelsfield Court Lodge, Kent, the eldest of the three sons and six daughters of Robert Crawford (1789–1860) and Elizabeth (1788–1850), eldest daughter of Samuel and Sussanah Elvy. Little is known about his education, but he was known to be well-versed in the Latin classics and a competent French speaker. He began work at fifteen in the counting-house of ...

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Dubois, Edward (1774–1850), author, journalist, and barrister, was born in Love Lane, London, on 4 January 1774, and baptized at St Mary Woolnoth on 29 January 1774. His parents were William DuBois, a merchant originally from near Neuchâtel, and his wife, Jane. Edward Dubois...

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Edward Dubois (1774–1850), by William Ridley, 1839

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Edwards, (Allen) Clement (1869–1938), trade unionist, barrister, and journalist, was born on 7 June 1869 in Knighton, Radnorshire, the third of seven children born to George Benjamin Edwards, auctioneer, master tailor, and draper, and Sarah Ellen (née Tudge). Both parents came from farming, nonconformist, and radical families in the border areas. ...

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Frankel, William (1917–2008), barrister and newspaper editor, was born Woolf Frankel at 1A Eastman Court, Whitechapel, London, on 3 February 1917, the second of three sons of Isaac Frankel, a street trader and synagogue beadle, and his wife, Hannah (Anna), née Lacker. His parents had arrived from the Galician area of ...

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G. C. Boase

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Haddan, Thomas Henry (1814–1873), lawyer and newspaper editor, the eldest son of Thomas Haddan, solicitor, of Lime Street Square, London, and Mary Ann, daughter of John Haddan, and brother of Arthur West Haddan, was born in London. Educated at a private school at ...

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Haldane, Alexander (1800–1882), newspaper proprietor and barrister, was born in Edinburgh on 15 October 1800, the second of three sons, one of whom died young, and the fifth of nine children of James Alexander Haldane (1768–1851), pastor and religious writer, and his first wife, ...

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Henry, Michael (1830–1875), patent agent and newspaper editor, was born on 19 February 1830 at Eltham House, Kennington, south London, the youngest son of Abraham Henry (c.1790–1840), merchant, and his wife, Emma (1788–1870), daughter of Solomon Lyon of Cambridge. Both his parents were Jewish. A noted scholar, ...

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W. P. Courtney

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Lawrence, Frederick (1821–1867), barrister and journalist, was born at Bisham, Berkshire, the eldest son of John Lawrence, a substantial farmer at Bisham, and his wife, Mary, daughter of John Jennings of Windsor. After education in a private school at St John's Wood, London...

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Logan, James Richardson (1819–1869), lawyer and newspaper proprietor, was born at Hutton Hall, Berrywell, Berwickshire, on 10 April 1819, the son of a gentleman farmer, Thomas Logan, and his wife, Elizabeth. A clever ‘extra scholar’ at Duns Academy, he trained with an Edinburgh...

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Pears, Sir Edwin (1835–1919), barrister, publicist, and historian, was born in York on 18 March 1835, the son of Robert Pears, a descendant of a younger branch of the Piers family of Piers Hall, Ingleton, Yorkshire, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Barnett. After being educated privately, he graduated from ...

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Thomas Shaw, first Baron Craigmyle (1850–1937) by Sir Benjamin Stone, 1897 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Shaw, Thomas, first Baron Craigmyle (1850–1937), lawyer and politician, the younger of two sons of Alexander Shaw of Dunfermline and his wife, Isabella, née Wishart, was born there on 23 May 1850. His father, who was from Torryburn near Dunfermline, and was in business as a baker, died when ...

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Thompson, William Marcus (1857–1907), journalist and barrister, born at Londonderry, northern Ireland, on 24 April 1857, was the second son in a family of four sons and four daughters of Moses Thompson, a customs official, and his wife, Elizabeth Smith. His family was of intensely Orange and anti-nationalist sympathies. After education at a private school, ...

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Herbert Stephen

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Venables, George Stovin (1810–1888), barrister and journalist, born on 18 June 1810 at Kirkethorpe, Yorkshire, was the second son of Richard Venables of Llysdinam Hall, Brecknockshire, archdeacon of Carmarthen and for twenty-five years chairman of the Radnorshire quarter sessions. George's mother was Sophia...

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Woods, Robert Carr [Robin] (1816–1875), journalist and lawyer, was probably born in Mile End Old Town, Stepney, London, on 30 June 1816, one among several children of William Wylie Woods, sailor, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Vickary. In 1838 he had a printing business but in that year he began making optical and meteorological instruments. Interested in science, he became registrar of the ...