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Ford, Horace Alfred (1821x2–1880), archer, was born in London, the fourth son of George Samuel Ford (1790–1868), solicitor, and his wife, Hannah, née Bramah (1796–1859). His first occupation was in the London office of his father. About 1844 his father acquired the Bryndu Iron and Coal Company...

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Alice Blanche Legh (1856–1948) by unknown photographer, pubd c.1894 Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

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Legh, Alice Blanche (1856–1948), archer, was born in Canada, probably at Galt, Ontario, the eldest of three daughters of Piers Frederick Legh (1830–1925) of Lyme Hall, Cheshire, then resident at Zorra, Ontario, and his wife, Emma Beata, née Burrowes (1834–1920). In 1862 they returned to ...

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W. A. Shaw

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Neade, William (fl. 1624–1637), archer, first came to notice with his attempts to revive the use of the bow in warfare by devising a combined weapon consisting of a bow attached to a movable pivot in the middle of the pike shaft. His object was to enable the pikeman to defend himself and to fight while the enemy were still at a distance, rather than having to wait until they came within reach of his pike. In 1624 he demonstrated this weapon before the king in ...

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Newall, Sybil Fenton [Queenie] (1854–1929), archer, was born at Hare Hill, Littleborough, near Rochdale, on 17 October 1854, the eldest daughter of the ten children of Henry Newall (1815–1886), merchant, and his wife, Maria Fenton (1832–1901). The Newall family traced an unbroken succession from the reign of ...

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Sybil Fenton Newall (1854–1929) by unknown photographer, 1908 [at the Olympic games in London] Getty Images

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St Clair, William, of Roslin (1700–1778), archer and golfer, was born at Roslin Castle, Roslin, in Edinburghshire, Scotland, one of seven children of Alexander St Clair of Roslin (1672–1706) and Jean Sempill, daughter of Robert, seventh Lord Semple. About 1723 he married Cordelia...

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William St Clair of Roslin (1700–1778) by Sir George Chalmers, 1771 Collection Royal Company of Archers, Edinburgh; © reserved in the photograph

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Bertha Porter

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Wood, Sir William (1608/9–1691), toxophilite, was for many years marshal of the Society of Finsbury Archers, who held their meetings in Finsbury Fields. He was probably knighted by Charles II. In 1676 the society adopted the additional title of Queen Catherine's Archers and purchased, by subscription, a large and elaborately chased silver shield. This is known as the Catherine of Braganza Shield and has been attributed to ...