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Edward Abbey

Edward Abbey was a writer who became a cult figure and literary voice for environmental activists, especially in the southwestern part of the United States. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Abbey firs…

Brewer's: An Abbey Laird

An insolvent debtor sheltered by the precincts of Holyrood Abbey. “As diligence cannot be proceeded with on Sunday, the Abbey Lairds (as they were jocularly called) were enabled to co…

Brewer's: Tintern Abbey

Wordsworth has a poem called Lines Composed a few Miles above Tintern Abbey, but these lines have nothing whatever to do with the famous ruin, not even once alluding to it. Source: Dictio…

Brewer's: Melrose Abbey

(Register of) from 735 to 1270, published in Fulman (1684). Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894MelusinaMelpomene A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P …

Brewer's: History of Croyland Abbey

by Ingulphus, and its continuation to 1118 by Peter of Blois, were proved to be literary impositions by Sir F. Palgrave in the Quarterly Review, vol. xxxiv., No. 67. Source: Dictionary of…

Brewer's: An Abbey-lubber

An idle, well-fed dependent or loafer. “It came into a common proverbe to call him an Abbay-lubber, that was idle, wel fed, a long, lewd, lither loiterer, that might worke and would n…

Felicity Jones

Felicity Jones was Oscar-nominated in 2015 for playing scientist Stephen Hawking’s wife in the drama The Theory of Everything, but she may be better known as Jyn Erso, in the the film Rogue One: A Sta…

Maggie Smith

Name at birth: Margaret Natalie SmithDame Maggie Smith is the Oscar, Emmy and Tony winner who is best known to modern audiences as the Dowager Countess of Grantham in the TV series Downton Abbey and a…

David Livingstone

David Livingstone was 27 years old when he sailed from Scotland to South Africa as a Christian missionary in 1840. He spent much of the next 33 years traveling in the African interior, eventually beco…

Jessica Brown Findlay

British actress Jessica Brown Findlay's screen career began with a bang as the politically progressive young Lady Sybil in the television series Downton Abbey. She trained as a dancer from an early ag…