George Heriot, a Scottish goldsmith, the founder of Heriot's hospital, born in June, 1563, died in London, Feb. 12, 1624. As goldsmith to James I., he acquired a large fortune, and, having no direct heirs, bequeathed about £24,000 to the magistrates and clergy of Edinburgh, for the founding of a hospital there for the " maintenance, relief, bringing up, and education of poor and fatherless boys, freemen's sons of the city."
George Hogarth, a British writer on music, bora in Scotland about 1797, died Feb. 12,1870. In early life he was a writer to the signet in Edinburgh, but went to London as a musical critic and author. In 183G he published "Musical History, Biography, and Criticism" (enlarged ed., 1838), and in 1839 "Memoirs of the Musical Drama," of which an abridged edition, under the title of "Memoirs of the Opera - Italy, France, Germany, and England," appeared in 1851. He published some other miscellaneous works on music, was for many years musical and dramatic editor of the " Morning Chronicle," and on the establishment of the "London Daily News," edited by his son-in-law, Charles Dickens, became its musical critic. His writings arc considered standard authorities on the subjects of which they treat.
George Horton Barrett, an American actor, born at Exeter, England, June 9, 1794, died in New York, Sept. 5, 1860. He arrived at Boston with his mother, an actress of some celebrity, in October, 1796, and made his first appearance the same year in the part of Cora's child in "Pizarro," at the age of two years. He commenced playing in New York in 1806, at the Park theatre, in the part of Young Nor-val. In 1826 he became manager of the Bowery theatre, New York, in company with E. Gil-fert. He afterward visited England, and in 1837 performed at Drury Lane. He was also manager of the Tremont theatre, Boston, and in 1847 opened the Broadway theatre, New York, then newly erected. In 1855 he retired from the stage. His favorite characters were in genteel comedy, but he also acted in farce and low comedy with great success. From his elegance and stateliness, he was known by the sobriquet of "Gentleman George."
George Hughes Hepworth, an American clergyman, born in Boston, Feb. 4, 1833. He graduated at the theological school of Harvard university in 1855, and was called to the Unitarian church in Nantucket, where he remained two years. In 1858 he removed to Boston and became pastor of the church of the Unity. In December, 18G2, he was appointed chaplain of the 47th regiment of Massachusetts volunteers, and in 1863 served on the staff of Gen. Banks in Louisiana. In 1870 he accepted the pastorate of the church of the Messiah, New York, but resigned it in 1872, in consequence of a change of religious belief in the direction of Trinitarianism. He afterward organized and is now (1874) pastor of the "Church of the Disciples" in New York. He has published "Whip, Hoe, and Sword " (Boston, 18G4), and "Rocks and Shoals" (1870).