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Aldersey, William (1543–1616), merchant and antiquary, was baptized at St Oswald's, Chester, on 15 December 1543, the son of Ralph Aldersey (d. 1555) and Jane Goodman (d. c.1555). He followed in his father's footsteps as a successful merchant ironmonger. He married ...

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Allen, John (1789–1829), bookseller and antiquary, was born 'about' 27 July 1789, and baptized on 4 August 1789 at Hereford, the eldest son of John Allen (c.1754–1828), a leading bookseller in the city, and his wife, Mary (c.1754–1827), daughter of ...

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Bagford, John (1650/51–1716), bookseller and antiquary, was born in Fetter Lane, London, the son of John Bagford. Very little is known about his early life and family background. He was trained and worked as a shoemaker and wrote a little tract about this trade (...

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John Bagford (1650/5151–1716) by George Vertue, 1728 (after Hugh Howard) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Beveridge, Erskine (1851–1920), textile manufacturer and antiquary, was born on 27 December 1851 at Priory House, Dunfermline, Fife, the eldest of the four children of Erskine Beveridge (1803–1864) and his second wife, Maria Elizabeth Wilson (1816–1873). He was educated at the Free Abbey School, Dunfermline...

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W. P. Courtney

revised by A. S. G. Edwards

Botfield, Beriah (1807–1863), antiquary and industrialist, was born at Earl's Ditton, Shropshire, on 5 March 1807, the eldest son of Beriah Botfield (1768–1813) of Norton Hall, Northamptonshire, and Charlotte, daughter of William Withering MD. Botfield was educated first at Harrow School, where he subsequently established a medal for the encouragement of foreign languages, and then privately. He matriculated at ...

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Thompson Cooper

revised by D. G. C. Allan

Brander, Gustavus (1719/20–1787), merchant and antiquary, was born in either London or Sweden, and was the son of Charles Brander (1681–1745) and his wife, Margaret (1687–1757). The family was of Swedish descent. Gustavus was trained in the Scandinavian trade, which he carried on with great success in the ...

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T. F. Henderson

revised by J. A. Marchand

Cade, John (1734–1806), linen draper and antiquary, was born in January 1734 at Darlington, where he was educated at the free grammar school. He was employed by a wholesale linen draper in London; within a few years he was in charge of the counting-house, and subsequently became a partner at the ...

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Carter, John Waynflete (1905–1975), bibliographer and antiquarian bookseller, was born at 6 High Street, Eton, on 10 May 1905, the eldest of two sons and two daughters of Thomas Buchanan Carter, an architect but later an Eton master and in Anglican orders, and his wife, ...

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H. R. Tedder

revised by Francis Russell

Christie, James (1773–1831), antiquary and auctioneer, eldest son of James Christie (1730–1803), was born in Pall Mall in 1773. He was educated at Eton College and was intended for the church, but joined the family firm and directed it after his father's death in 1803. In addition to an active life as an auctioneer, ...

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Clarke, James (1797/8–1861), antiquary and shopkeeper, was born at Bedingfield, Suffolk, and was baptized there on 27 May 1798. He was the son of William Clarke and his wife, Mary Cook. He became a grocer and draper, with premises facing the gates of the ...

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Cole, John (1792–1848), bookseller and antiquary, was born on 3 October 1792 in Weston Favell, Northamptonshire. He was of unknown parentage, and was apprenticed to William Birdsall, a bookseller in Northampton. In 1809 he began compiling material for a history of Northampton; the work was published by ...

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W. P. Courtney

revised by John Martin

Croft, John (1732–1820), wine merchant and antiquary, was born on 29 February 1732 at Stillington, Yorkshire, the fifth son of Stephen Croft (1683–1733) and Elizabeth (d. 1771), daughter of Sir Edmund Anderson, fourth baronet (bap. 1629, d. 1703). The Crofts were part of a long-established, aristocratic, wealthy landowning ...

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Dunsford, Martin (1744–1807), serge maker and antiquary, was born on 2 February 1744 in Tiverton, Devon, the eldest son of Martin Dunsford (1711–1763), serge maker, and his wife, Anne Stone (d. 1798). He was taught at home by his father until he was eight, when he was sent to ...

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Dyer, Gilbert (bap. 1743, d. 1820), antiquary and bookseller, was born at Dunstone in the parish of Widecombe in the Moor, Devon, and baptized on 14 September 1743. He was the son of Gilbert Dyer, schoolmaster (d. 1809), and his wife, Mary...

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Evans, Sir John (1823–1908), archaeologist, numismatist, and paper manufacturer, was born on 17 November 1823 at Britwell Court, Burnham, Buckinghamshire, the second son of the Revd Arthur Benoni Evans (1781–1854), schoolmaster, cleric, and author, and his wife, Anne (1791–1883), daughter of Captain Thomas Dickinson RN (1754–1828)...

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Sir John Evans (1823–1908) by John H. Pinches, 1887 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Forster, Edward, the elder (1730–1812), merchant and antiquary, was born on 11 February 1730 in London, eldest of the four sons of Thomas Forster (1698–1743), merchant, and his wife, Dorothy (1710–1763), daughter of Benjohan (Benjamin) Furly, a Rotterdam merchant of Colchester Quaker forebears. ...

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Fraser, James (1712/13–1754), East India Company servant and collector of oriental manuscripts, was the second son of Alexander Fraser (d. 1733) of Reelig, near Inverness, and his wife, Catherine, daughter of Hugh Fraser of Belladrum. Fraser was appointed a writer to the ...