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...Le Mans Richelieu, Armand Jean Du Plessis, cardinal de Rome Paul Fréart de Chantelou was born in Le Mans on 25 March 1609. He was the third son of Jean Fréart, sieur de Chantelou and grand provost of Maine. Both he and his brother, Roland...
...Nicolas-François Blondel was born in Ribemont, in the Picardy region, on around 10 June 1618, the eldest son of Guillaume-François Blondel and Marie de Louen, and was not related to the architect Jacques-François Blondel. He was baptized...
...Hughes, John John Hughes was born on 29 January 1677 in Marlborough, Wiltshire, and died on 17 February 1720 in London. Like many of the eighteenth century’s minor, but gifted, men of letters, he came from a dissenting background. He...
...Edwards, Thomas Thomas Edwards died on 3 January 1757 on a visit to Parson’s Green. He followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather and trained for the law, taking chambers in Lincoln’s Inn in 1721. Edwards himself claimed...
...Lowth, Robert Robert Lowth (or Louth) was born in Winchester on 27 November 1710 and died in Fulham on 3 November 1787. He was educated at Winchester and later at New College, Oxford (BA, 1733; MA, 1737). Although his first post...
...Webb, Thomas Ebenezer Webb, Daniel Daniel Webb was born at Maidstown, Co. Limerick and died in Bath on 2 August 1798. From a reasonably prosperous Irish family, he was educated in Maidstown and at New College, Oxford, matriculating on 13...
...Leland, Thomas Thomas Leland was born and died in Dublin. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, graduating BA in 1741, and was elected a Fellow there in 1746. In 1768 he became vicar of Bray in County Wicklow. In 1754 he published...
...Cooper, John Gilbert John Gilbert Cooper was born in Nottinghamshire and died in Mayfair, London, in April 1769. Born of an ancient family whose loyalties to the Crown during the reign of Charles I considerably diminished their fortunes...
...Gerard, Alexander Alexander Gerard was born on 22 February 1728 in Aberdeenshire and died in Aberdeen on his sixty-seventh birthday. He attended Marischal College, Aberdeen, and became Professor of Philosophy there in 1750, at the age...
...Knight, Richard Payne Richard Payne Knight was born at Wormesley Grange in Herefordshire on 15 February 1750 and died in London on 23 April 1824. He was educated at home, but toured Italy and the Continent from 1867 for several years. He...