Thomas Seccombe (1866–1923) was a miscellaneous English writer and, from 1891 to 1901, assistant editor of the Dictionary of National Biography , in which he wrote over 700 entries. A son of physician and episcopus vagans John Thomas Seccombe, he was educated at Felsted and Balliol College, Oxford, taking a first in Modern History in 1889.
Philip James Bailey was an English spasmodic poet, best known as the author of Festus.
Thomas Aird was a Scottish poet, best known for his 1830 narrative poem The Captive of Fez.
William Minto was a Scottish academic, critic, editor, journalist and novelist.
Alfred Ainger was an English biographer and critic.
Thomas Spencer Baynes was an English philosopher.
Edward Caird was a Scottish philosopher. He was a holder of LLD, DCL, and DLitt.
Elijah Fenton was an English poet, biographer and translator.
Francis Hindes Groome was a writer and foremost commentator of his time on the Romani people, their language, life, history, customs, beliefs, and lore.
John Hoole was an English translator, the son of Samuel Hoole, a mechanic, and Sarah Drury, the daughter of a Clerkenwell clockmaker. He became a personal friend of Samuel Johnson's.
Charles Mackay was a Scottish poet, journalist, author, anthologist, novelist, and songwriter, remembered mainly for his book Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.
John Mayne (1759–1836) was a Scottish printer, journalist and poet born in Dumfries. In 1780, his poem The Siller Gun appeared in its original form in Ruddiman's Magazine, published by Walter Ruddiman in Edinburgh. It is a humorous work on an ancient custom in Dumfries of shooting for the "Siller Gun." He also wrote a poem on Hallowe'en in 1780 which influenced Robert Burns's 1785 poem Halloween. Mayne also wrote a version of the ballad Helen of Kirkconnel. His verses were admired by Walter Scott.
Laurence Minot was an English poet. Nothing definite is known of him. It has been suggested that he was a cousin of Thomas Minot, Archbishop of Dublin 1363-75. If this is so, he came from a family from the north of England. He may have been a soldier. Eleven poems are attributed to him, all of which appear uniquely in Cotton MS Galba E IX in the British Library Department of Manuscripts, London. In them, he celebrates in northern English and with a somewhat ferocious patriotism the victories of Edward III over the Scots and the French.
Sir William Robertson Nicoll was a Scottish Free Church minister, journalist, editor, and man of letters.
Henry Morley was an English academic who was one of the earliest professors of English literature in Great Britain. Morley wrote a popular book containing biographies of famous English writers.
John Pomfret (1667–1702) was an English poet and clergyman.
Hugh Stowell Scott was an English novelist who wrote under the pseudonym of Henry Seton Merriman. His best known novel, The Sowers went through thirty UK editions.
Sir William Temple, 1st Baronet was an English diplomat, politician and writer. An important diplomat, he was recalled in 1679, and for a brief period was a leading advisor to Charles II of England, with whom he then fell out. Temple subsequently retired to the countryside, and thereafter occupied himself with gardening and writing. He is best remembered today for two aspects of his life after retirement: a passage on the designs of Chinese gardens, written without ever having seen one, and for employing a young Jonathan Swift as his secretary. The first is sometimes given as an early indication of the English landscape garden style, praising irregularity in design.
Francis William Lauderdale Adams was an essayist, poet, dramatist, novelist and journalist who produced a large volume of work in his short life.
John Wesley Hales, was a British scholar and man of letters.
John William Cousin (1849–1910) was a British writer, editor and biographer. He was one of six children born to William and Anne Ross Cousin, his mother being a noted hymn-writer, in Scotland. A fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries and secretary of the Actuarial Society of Edinburgh, he revised and wrote the introduction for Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Evangeline in 1907.
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