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Ashmole, Elias (1617–1692), astrologer and antiquary, was born on 23 May 1617 at Lichfield in Staffordshire, the son of Simon Ashmole, a saddler, and his wife, Anne, daughter of Anthony Bowyer, a Coventry draper whose family was of gentry status. Ashmole's grandfather Thomas Ashmole...

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Dee, John (1527–1609), mathematician, astrologer, and antiquary, was born on 13 July 1527 in London, the only child of Rowland Dee and his wife, Joan or Joanna (1508/9–1580), daughter of William Wild.

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Dering, Sir Edward, first baronet (1598–1644), antiquary and religious controversialist, was born on 28 January 1598, and baptized on 9 February, the eldest son of Sir Anthony Dering (1557/8–1636), landowner and JP, of Surrenden Dering in Pluckley, Kent, and his second wife, Frances (1577–1657)...

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Fleming, David Hay (1849–1931), antiquary and writer on Scottish history, was born at St Andrews on 9 May 1849, the third and youngest son of John Fleming, china and stoneware merchant, of St Andrews, whose ancestors were from Deeside, and his wife, Ann...

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Galpin, Francis William (1858–1945), Church of England clergyman, musicologist, and antiquary, was born on 25 December 1858 in Dorchester, the eldest of three children of John Galpin (1813–1883), an ironmaster, and his wife, Emily, née Hamsford (d. 1899). He is remembered for his outstanding contributions to the scholarship of musical instruments, although these were not achieved at the expense of his pastoral work. Because of his ecclesiastical title he is generally referred to in musical circles as ...

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Hickes, George (1642–1715), bishop of the nonjuring Church of England and antiquary, was born at Moorhouse, Newsham, in the parish of Kirby Wiske near Thirsk in Yorkshire, on 20 June 1642, the second son of William Hickes, originally of Ness in the parish of ...

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Lyttelton, Charles (1714–1768), bishop of Carlisle and antiquary, was born in Hagley, Worcestershire, the third son of the twelve children of Sir Thomas Lyttelton, fourth baronet (1685–1751), MP, and Christian Temple (1688–1759), daughter of Sir Richard Temple of Stowe, Buckinghamshire, and maid of honour to ...

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Milles, Jeremiah (1714–1784), antiquary and dean of Exeter, was born on 29 January 1714 at Highclere, Hampshire, the third son of Jeremiah Milles (bap. 1672, d. 1746) [see under Milles, Isaac (1638-1720)], vicar of Duloe, Cornwall, and his wife, Mary (1678/9–1756)...

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Nicolson, William (1655–1727), Church of Ireland bishop of Derry and antiquary, was born on Whitsunday, 3 June 1655—according to local tradition, in the porch of the parish church of Great Orton, Cumberland. His father, Joseph Nicolson (1622/3–1686), was a time-serving clergyman of varied intellectual interests, who had been installed in the living of ...

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O'Conor, Charles (1710–1791), antiquary and religious propagandist, was born on 1 January 1710 at Kilmactranny, co. Sligo, Ireland, the eldest son of Denis O'Conor (d. 1750), farmer, and Mary O'Rourke (d. 1760?), daughter of Tiernan O'Rourke, a colonel in the French army who was killed in the battle of ...

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Oliver, George (1782–1867), antiquary and writer on freemasonry, was born on 5 November 1782 at Papplewick, Nottinghamshire, the eldest son of Samuel Oliver (1756–1847), schoolmaster and, after 1842, rector of Lambley, Nottinghamshire. His mother was Elizabeth, daughter of George Whitehead of Blyth Spital...

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Pegge, Samuel (1704–1796), Church of England clergyman and antiquary, was born on 5 November 1704 in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, the only child of Christopher Pegge (bap. 1677, d. 1723/4), successively a cloth merchant in Derby and a lead merchant in Chesterfield, and three times mayor of ...

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Seyer, Samuel (1757–1831), antiquary and Church of England clergyman, was born in Bristol, the son of the Revd Samuel Seyer (1719?–1776) and his wife, Ann (d. 1809). His father was master of Bristol grammar school and in 1764 became rector of St Michael's, Bristol...

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Tanner, Thomas (1674–1735), bishop of St Asaph and antiquary, was born at Market Lavington, Wiltshire, on 25 January 1674, the eldest child of Thomas Tanner (1640?–1719), vicar of that parish from 1671, and of his first wife, Sarah Willoughby (d. 1711). After education at home and at ...

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Watson, John (1725–1783), Church of England clergyman and antiquary, was born on 26 March 1725 at Lyme Handley in Prestbury, Cheshire, the son of Legh Watson and his wife, Hester, daughter of John Yates of Swinton, Lancashire. He was educated at the grammar schools in ...