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Sir Ernest Scott (1867–1939)

Sir Ernest Scott

Sir Ernest Scott (1867-1939), historian, was born on 21 June 1867 at Northampton, England, son of Hannah Scott, housekeeper. On his marriage, he cited William Scott, civil engineer, as his father. He was educated at St Katherine's Church of England School, Northampton, where he became a pupil-teacher but left because, being a non-believer, he had conscientious scruples about performing the religious duties required of him. After training on a local newspaper he became a reporter on the London Globe....

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Leonora Wray (1886–1979)

Leonora Wray (1886-1979), golfer, was born on 2 July 1886 at East Maitland, New South Wales, third child of Kenneth Mackenzie Wray, a sheriff's officer from Ireland, and his native-born wife Grace,...

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