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(Thomas) Edward Corrie Burns Righton

by Unknown photographer
woodburytype, 1870s
3 3/8 in. x 2 1/8 in. (86 mm x 55 mm) image size
acquired F.J. Eberlen, 1978
Photographs Collection
NPG Ax7710

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William Edward Forster's Education Act is passed, making provisions for education for all under-13s. It demonstrated the balance in Gladstone's first ministry between progressive reform and conservativism by spreading literacy, whilst maintaining the status of Church schools.
The Married Women's Property Act gives wives rights over their own earnings.

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The Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's fantasy-overture Romeo and Juliet, based on Shakespeare's play and written with the aid of composer Mily Balakirev, debuts in Moscow, conducted by Nikolai Rubenstein.
W. G. Grace becomes cricket captain of Gloucestershire, marking the start of a successful decade for the club in which they won three 'Champion County' titles.

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Isaac Butt, an Irish MP at Westminster, forms the Home Rule Association.
The Franco-Prussian war breaks out between France and a coalition of German states led by Prussia. Provoked by the candidacy of German Prince Leopold Hohenzollen-Sigmaringen for the Spanish throne, France declared war in July after Bismark published the deliberately provocative Ems telegraph, in which the French were represented in an offensive light on the issue.

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Gail Metcalfe

08 July 2019, 23:53

Edward Corrie Burns Righton was my great-great-grandmother's brother. One of eight children, he was born on 20 Oct 1836 and baptised Thomas Edward Corrie on 02 Jan 1837 at Old Church,Saint Pancras, London. His parents, Thomas Righton and Anne Corrie, used Anne's surname until 1841 when they are recorded in that year's census with the surname Righton, occasionally spelt Wrighton. Edward is identified as an actor, aged 14, in the 1851 census. In the 1861 census, he is described as a Protean Monologist and Comedian, and in subsequent census records as a comedian. He lived in Marylebone for most of his life, ending his days at 22 Gloucester Place. He was buried on 6 Jan 1899 in Kensington & Chelsea, but I've yet to find the exact location of his grave. His obituary was published in The New York Times, 22 January 1899.

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