Lives and Times
Lives and Times
Maurice Gibb (1949-2003), singer and musician, was born on 22 December 1949 in Douglas, Isle of Man, the younger twin and third of the four sons of Hughie Gibb, a Manchester-based ballroom bandleader, and his wife, the singer Barbara Pass.
Harry Corbett (1918-1989), children's entertainer, was born on 28 January 1918 at Horton, Bradford, the son of James Corbett, coal miner, and Florence Ramsden of Bradford.
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Roger Hargreaves (1935-1988), children's author, was born on 9 May 1935 at Cleckheaton, Yorkshire, the son of Alfred Hargreaves, then a woollen manufacturer, and Ethel Pickles; the family home was High Lees, Halifax Road, Cleckheaton.
VICTORIA Drummond (1894-1978), marine engineer, was born on 14 October 1894 at Megginch Castle, Errol, Perthshire, the daughter of Captain Malcolm Drummond of Megginch, groom-in-waiting to Queen Victoria, and his wife, Geraldine Cherry, the daughter of Baron Amherst of Hackney.
JIMMY McGRORY (1904-1982), footballer, was born on 26 April 1904 at 179 Millburn Street, Glasgow, the son of Henry McGrory, gasworks labourer, and his wife, Catherine Coll. They were Irish Roman Catholic immigrants, typical of Glasgow's East End in both religion and poverty. At 16, McGrory was earning £2 a week playing football with St Roch's juniors. He signed, aged 17, for Celtic, the football club formed as a focus for Glasgow's Irish immigrants.
Ivy Benson (1913-1993), bandleader, was born at the Malt Shovel, Holbeck, Leeds, a public house owned by her grandparents, on 11 November 1913.
JAMES Tytler (1745-1804), balloonist and writer, was born on 17 December 1745 at the manse at Fern, Forfarshire, the son of George Tytler, and his wife, Janet Robertson. He was educated at Edinburgh University, where he gained a lifelong interest in experimental chemistry. Funds for his education were raised by work as a surgeon on a whaling ship, in which he sailed to Greenland in 1765.
Spring-Heeled Jack (1837-1904), mystery assailant, was first reported, though not named, in early January 1838, when the lord mayor of London made public a letter he had received, signed "A resident of Peckham": "It appears that some individuals have laid a wager with a mischievous and foolhardy companion (name as yet unknown) that he durst not take upon himself the task of visiting many of the villages near London in three disguises - a ghost, a bear and a devil; and, moreover, that he will not
John Macmurray (1891-1976), moral philosopher, was born on 16 February 1891 in Maxwellton, near Dumfries, the son of James Macmurray, an excise agent, and his wife, Mary Grierson. He was educated at Aberdeen Grammar School and Robert Gordon College before proceeding to Glasgow University (1909-13). In 1913 he was to study at Balliol College, Oxford, but his education was interrupted by the outbreak of the First World War.
Ann Hogarth (1910-1993), puppet-master, was born on 19 July at Frensham, Surrey, the fourth child of William Jackson, a schoolmaster, and his wife, Olive Howle. Her mother died when she was two, and Ann was brought up mainly by her stepmother. Encouraged by winning prizes for public speaking at school, she resolved to become an actress and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She then became stage manager at the Players' Theatre, London.
ARCHIBALD Belaney [called Grey Owl] (1888-1938), impostor and conservationist, was born in Hastings, Sussex, on 18 September 1888, the son of George Belaney.
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