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Arthur H. Grant

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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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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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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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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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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 ...