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Astle, Thomas (1735–1803), archivist and collector of books and manuscripts, was born on 22 December 1735 at Yoxall, on the edge of Needwood Forest, Staffordshire, the eldest son of Daniel Astle (d. 1775), keeper of the forest, who was of a family long established at ...

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Thomas Astle (1735–1803) by William Skelton, pubd 1803 (after Henry Howard) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Backhouse, Janet Moira (1938–2004), scholar and curator of manuscripts, was born on 8 February 1938 at Marley, 90 Pickwick Road, Corsham, Wiltshire, the daughter of Joseph Holme Backhouse, cattle-food salesman, and his wife, Jessie, née Chivers; they also had a son, the sculptor ...

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Curzon, Robert, fourteenth Baron Zouche of Harringworth (1810–1873), traveller and collector of manuscripts, elder son of Harriet Anne Bishopp, suo jure Baroness Zouche of Harringworth (1787–1870), and the Hon. Robert Curzon (1774–1863), son of Assheton, first Viscount Curzon, was born at 58 Welbeck Street, London...

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Robert Curzon, fourteenth Baron Zouche of Harringworth (1810–1873) by William Holl (after George Richmond, 1859) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Egerton, Francis Henry, eighth earl of Bridgewater (1756–1829), collector of manuscripts and patron of learning, was born on 11 November 1756, probably in London, the youngest of the three surviving children of John Egerton (1721–1787), bishop of Durham, and his first wife, Lady Anna Sophia de Grey (...

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Getty, Sir (John) Paul (1932–2003), philanthropist and book collector, was born on 7 September 1932, aboard ship off Genoa, the third son of John Paul Getty (1892–1976), oil tycoon, and his fourth wife, Ann, daughter of Sam Rork, the Hollywood producer of such stars as ...

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Hamilton, Charles, styled count of Arran (1691–1754), collector of manuscripts, was born on 30 March 1691 at Cleveland House, Westminster, the illegitimate son of Lady Barbara Fitzroy (1672–1737) and James Hamilton, then earl of Arran but later fourth duke of Hamilton and first duke of Brandon...

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Madden, John (bap. 1649, d. 1703/4), physician and manuscript collector, was born at Enfield, Middlesex, and baptized at St Andrew, Enfield, on 29 March 1649, a younger son of John Madden (1598–1661) and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1671), daughter of Charles Waterhouse...

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Moore, William (bap. 1590, d. 1659), librarian and collector of manuscripts, was baptized on 29 November 1590 at Gissing, Norfolk, the son of William Moore; his mother's name is unknown. He was educated at Moulton School under Mr Machet and was admitted to the scholars' table of ...