Born on this day

24th August

Every day find here my selection of Great British men and women born on this day.

  • Birth date
  • 1198 : Alexander II (1198–1249) King of Scots
  • 1578 : John Taylor (1578–1653) Poet
  • 1759 : William Wilberforce (1759–1833) Philanthropist and reformer
  • 1816 : Sir Daniel Gooch, 1st Bt (1816–1889) Railway pioneer and inventor
  • 1863 : May Sinclair (1863–1946) Novelist and philosopher
  • 1872 : Sir Henry Maximilian ('Max') Beerbohm (1872–1956) Writer and caricaturist
  • 1873 : Frances Eliza Macdonald (1873–1921) Artist
  • 1898 : Harry Wheatcroft (1898–1977) Champion rose grower and communist
  • 1903 : Graham Vivian Sutherland (1903–1980) Painter
  • 1917 : Charles Causley (1917–2003) Poet
  • 1936 : Dame Antonia Susan ('A.S.') Byatt (1936–) Novelist and critic

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