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Kirkwood, James (b. c. 1650, d. in or after 1709), clergyman and advocate of parochial libraries, was born in or near Dunbar. His schooling took place there, and from 1666 he studied at Edinburgh University, where he graduated MA in 1670. Scott's Fasti ecclesiae Scoticanae...

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Norwich, Isaac of (c. 1170–1235/6), moneylender and patron of rabbinic scholarship, was the only known son of Eliab (or Jurnet) of Norwich (c.1130–1197) and his wife, Muriel. His father, also a moneylender and scholarly patron, was the dominant figure in the twelfth-century Jewish community of ...

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Matthew Parker (1504–1575) by Remigius Hogenberg, 1572 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Parker, Matthew (1504–1575), archbishop of Canterbury and patron of scholarship, was born, according to his own account, in the parish of St Saviour, close to the heart of Norwich, on 6 August 1504. One of six children, he was born into armigerous families on both sides. His father, ...