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Aiton, William (1760–1848), genealogist, was born in Silverwood, Kilmarnock, in January 1760, the eldest son of Andrew Aiton (1722–1809) of Woodhead, farmer, and his wife, Jean Brown (d. 1809). He was a distant relative of the botanist William Aiton (1731–1793). In June 1778 he married ...

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Alban [St Albans], Roger (d. after 1461), genealogist, copyist, and Carmelite friar, was born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, and joined his order in London. He was ordained acolyte on 17 December 1401 and deacon on 19 December 1405. His name occurs as the copyist on three manuscripts, BL, Harley MS 3138 (dated 1424), Harley MS 211, and Stowe MS 8, and it has also been claimed that he copied BL, Stowe MS 38 and, in 1439, the anti-...

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Anderson, John (1798–1839), genealogist and writer to the signet, was born on 16 August 1798, the eldest of four children of Peter Anderson (1768–1823), a solicitor in Inverness, and his wife, Jessie Thomson (c.1766–1836). Anderson was educated for seven years at the private boarding-school in ...

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John Westby-Gibson

revised by G. Martin Murphy

Anderson, John (1789–1832), genealogist, was born on 6 June 1789, at Gilmerton House, Edinburghshire, the eldest son of James Anderson, sometime supervisor of excise at Oban, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of John Williams, a Welshman by birth and a mineral surveyor by profession, author of ...

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T. F. Henderson

revised by Michael Erben

Banks, Thomas Christopher (1765–1854), genealogist, was the eldest child of Thomas Banks, a gentleman pensioner. He claimed a relationship to the Banks family of Whitley; on his mother's side, he claimed descent from the Nortons of Barbados. He studied law, and on the strength of his genealogical knowledge offered his services as an agent in cases of disputed inheritance. From 1813 to 1820 he practised at ...

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Barron, (Arthur) Oswald (1868–1939), genealogist and heraldist, was born in West Ham, Essex, on 3 January 1868, the second of three sons (there were two daughters) of Henry Stracey Barron (1838–1918), consulting mechanical engineer and one-time chief engineer of the Imperial Ottoman Arsenal...

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Bedford, William Kirkpatrick Riland (1826–1905), antiquary and genealogist, born at Sutton Coldfield rectory on 12 July 1826, was the eldest of five sons of William Riland Bedford (1794/5–1843), rector of Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire, and his wife, Grace Campbell, daughter of Charles Sharpe of ...

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Gordon Goodwin

revised by Myfanwy Lloyd

Bell, Henry Nugent (1792–1822), genealogist, was the eldest son of George Bell, of Belle Vue, co. Fermanagh, and Catherine, daughter of Dominick Nugent MP. He followed the profession of a legal antiquary, and, in order to obtain a recognized status, entered himself at the ...

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Beltz, George Frederick (1774–1841), genealogist, was born on 9 August 1774, the eldest son and second of seven children of George Nicholas Beltz of St George's, Bloomsbury, coal merchant, and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1796), only child of Samuel Gutteridge of Purley, Berkshire...