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Cuffe [Cuff], Henry (1562/3–1601), classical scholar and secretary to the earl of Essex, is believed to have been the youngest son of Robert Cuffe, of Donyatt, Somerset. The senior branch of the family were modest landowners at Creech St Michael, near Taunton. A ...

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Drummond, Sir William, of Logiealmond (1770?–1828), classical scholar and diplomatist, was the eldest son of John Drummond, the laird of Logiealmond, and his wife, Lady Catherine Murray, sister of John, earl of Dunmore. He succeeded his father on the latter's death in 1781. He studied philosophy briefly (...

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Hofmeyr, Jan Frederik Hendrik (1894–1948), classical scholar and politician in South Africa, was born in Cape Town on 20 March 1894, the younger son of Andries Brink Hofmeyr (1851–1897), a newspaper manager, and the imperious Deborah Catherina Beyers (1863–1959). His mother developed a neurotic fear of her son dying young and became over-possessive of a boy who soon revealed his genius. Almost eight when sent to the ...

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Macdonald, Sir George (1862–1940), classical scholar and civil servant, was born at Elgin on 30 January 1862, the third son of James Macdonald, a master at Elgin Academy and an antiquary, and his wife, Margaret Raff. He was educated at Ayr Academy, of which his father was then rector, and at ...

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Sir George Macdonald (1862–1940) by Maurice Greiffenhagen, 1929 ? reserved; photograph courtesy the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Murray, (George) Gilbert Aimé (1866–1957), classical scholar and internationalist, was born in Sydney, Australia, on 2 January 1866, the second son of Sir Terence Aubrey Murray (1810–1873) and his second wife, Agnes Ann, née Edwards (c.1835–1891). Murray's father, a prosperous stock farmer, had been since 1862 president of the legislative council of ...

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(George) Gilbert Aimé Murray (1866–1957) by Elliott & Fry ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Rodd, James Rennell, first Baron Rennell (1858–1941), diplomatist and classical scholar, was born in London on 9 November 1858, the only son of a Cornishman, Major James Rennell Rodd, of the Duke of Cornwall's light infantry, and his wife, Elizabeth Anne, third daughter of ...

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Sinker, Sir (Algernon) Paul (1905–1977), classicist and civil servant, was born on 13 April 1905 in Slough, Buckinghamshire, the only child of Robert Sinker (1868–1941), a Church of England clergyman, and his second wife, Jessie Mildred, née Barrett (1873–1908). Baptized Algernon after a benefactor in his father's parish, he was always known by his second name, ...