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Bathe, William (1564–1614), Jesuit and linguistic scholar, was born on Easter Sunday, 2 April 1564, the eldest son of John Bathe (or Bath, d. 1586), of Drumcondra on the outskirts of Dublin, and his wife, Eleanor (d. c.1575), daughter of Jenico Preston, ...

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Beck, Cave (bap. 1622, d. 1706), writer on universal language and Church of England clergyman, second son of John Beck, 'pandoxator' or brewer, and Anne Flecher (probably née Cave, and widow of Adam Flecher), was born in the parish of St James's, Clerkenwell...

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Crowther, Samuel Ajayi (c. 1807–1891), bishop of western Africa and linguistic scholar, was born of Yoruba parents at Oshogun, in the south-west of Nigeria. Captured in war in 1821 he was sold on 7 April 1822 to a Portuguese slave ship in Lagos...

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Krapf, (Johann) Ludwig (1810–1881), linguist of Swahili and first protestant missionary in east Africa, was born on 11 January 1810 at Derendingen near Tübingen, in the kingdom of Württemberg, the youngest of four children of Johann Jakob Krapf (1773–1846), peasant farmer, and his wife, ...

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Moffat, Robert (1795–1883), missionary in Africa and linguist, was born on 21 December 1795 in Ormiston, East Lothian, near Haddington, Scotland, the third of seven children of Robert Moffat (1768–1847), and his wife, Ann, née Gardiner (1767–1854). A pioneer of protestant missionary activity among the ...

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Paschall, Andrew (1631?–1696), Church of England clergyman and advocate for a universal language, was born in Soper Lane, London. He matriculated at Queens' College, Cambridge, in 1647, proceeding BA in 1651, MA in 1654, and BD in 1661. A fellow of Queens'...

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Redpath, Henry Adeney (1848–1908), biblical and linguistic scholar, was born at Sydenham, Kent, on 19 June 1848, the eldest son of Henry Syme Redpath, solicitor, of Sydenham, and his wife, Harriet Adeney, of Islington. In 1857 he entered Merchant Taylors' School, London, and in 1867 he won a scholarship to ...

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Reeve [Rive], Edmund (d. 1660), linguistic scholar and Church of England clergyman, may have come from East Anglia (where the family name was well known) or had an early connection with Cambridge. In later life he acknowledged that 'the first instrument which Godd used for to instruct me in the catholicke faith' was ...

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Williams, William (1800–1878), linguist and first bishop of Waiapu in New Zealand, was born in Nottingham on 18 July 1800, the son of Thomas Williams (1754–1804), hosier, and his wife, Mary Marsh (1758–1831), a school teacher; he was the younger brother of Archdeacon Henry Williams...

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Wotton, William (1666–1727), linguist and theologian, was born on 13 August 1666 at Wrentham, Suffolk, the second son of Henry Wotton (d. 1679), rector of Wrentham, and his wife, Sarah (d. 1679). William had an extraordinary memory and was a prodigious natural linguist who could read Latin, Greek, and Hebrew verses when aged five. He was educated by his father, who described these remarkable abilities in ...