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Derby, George Horatio

John Lang.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literature; Humour; Military History; Warfare and Defence. 1465 words.

Derby, George Horatio (03 April 1823–15 May 1861), soldier and literary humorist, was born in Dedham, Massachusetts, the son of John Barton Derby and Mary Townsend. Derby’s father, a...

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Gilbert, Thomas

James Sambrook.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Social and Cultural History; Literature; Humour. 497 words.

Gilbert, Thomas (bap. 1713, d. 1766), satirist and rake, was baptized on 18 December 1713, at St Mary's, Whitechapel, the son of Thomas Gilbert, gentleman, and his wife, Susanna, of Stepney...

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Goddard, William

David Freeman.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Military History; Warfare and Defence; Literature; Humour. 676 words.

Goddard, William (d. 1624/5), soldier and satirist, published two books of satirical epigrams—A Mastif Whelp ('this infant of my braine', c.1614) and A Neaste of Waspes (1615), together...

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Map, Walter

C. N. L. Brooke.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Social and Cultural History; Performing Arts; Literature; Humour. 2455 words.

Map, Walter (d. 1209/10), royal clerk, raconteur, and satirist, was probably born in or about the early 1130s. He sprang from a border family, probably living in Herefordshire, and may have...

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