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Ashby, George (1724–1808), antiquary and Church of England clergyman, was born in Red Lion Street, Clerkenwell, London, on 5 December 1724, the son of Edmund Ashby (1690–1775), merchant tailor, and his wife, Elizabeth Judith, daughter of Robert Lock of Dinton, Wiltshire. He was educated at ...

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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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Elias Ashmole (1617–1692) by John Riley, 1683 Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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Baker, Thomas (1656–1740), nonjuring Church of England clergyman and antiquary, was born at Crook Hall, Lanchester, co. Durham, on 14 September 1656, the second of the six children of George Baker (d. 1677), of Crook, and his wife, Margaret Forster, of Edderstone...

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Batteley, John (bap. 1646, d. 1708), Church of England clergyman and antiquary, was the eldest son of Nicholas Batteley (d. 1681), apothecary, of Bury St Edmunds, and his wife, Anne. He was baptized in St James's Church there on 18 November 1646, and attended ...

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Bearcroft, Philip (1695–1761), antiquary and Church of England clergyman, was born at Worcester on 21 February 1695 and baptized at St Swithin's in the city on 1 March, the son of Philip Bearcroft. Descended from an ancient Worcestershire family, he was educated at the ...

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Bennet, William (1746–1820), bishop of Cloyne and antiquary, was born in the Tower of London on 4 March 1746, the son of Robert Bennet. He was educated at Harrow School, where he made the acquaintance of Dr Samuel Parr, Gilbert Wakefield, and Sir John Parnell...

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Bentham, James (1709–1794), antiquary and Church of England clergyman, was born in Ely, probably on 10 March 1709, and baptized at Ely Cathedral on 17 March. He was the third son of the Revd Samuel Bentham (c.1681–1733), registrar of Ely Cathedral...

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Bingham, George (1715–1800), Church of England clergyman and antiquary, was born on 7 November 1715 at Melcombe, Dorset, where his family had lived for several centuries. He was the sixth son of Richard Bingham, MP at various times for Bridport and for Dorset...

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Blakeway, John Brickdale (1765–1826), Church of England clergyman and antiquary, the eldest son of Joshua Blakeway, of Shrewsbury, and Elizabeth, sister of Matthew Brickdale, merchant and MP in several parliaments for the city of Bristol, was born at Shrewsbury on 24 June 1765. He was educated initially in the free school there (1772–5). From 1775 to 1782 he attended ...

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Brewster, John (1754–1842), Church of England clergyman and antiquary, the son of the Revd Richard Brewster (c.1719–1772), vicar of Heighington in co. Durham, and Isabella Baxter (c.1726–1797), was born on 18 January 1754 in Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne...

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Carte, Samuel (1652–1740), antiquary and Church of England clergyman, was born on 21 October 1652 at Coventry, Warwickshire, the son of Thomas Carte, clothier. He was educated at the free school in Coventry before attending Magdalen College, Oxford, where he graduated BA in 1673 and MA in 1675. He was ordained deacon in 1673 and priest in 1677. His wife, ...

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Cherry, Francis (bap. 1667, d. 1713), nonjuror and antiquary, was baptized on 25 March 1667 in the parish of Cookham, Berkshire. He was the second son of William Cherry (c.1632–1705), a lawyer, and his wife, Ann Whitfeild (d. 1703) of ...

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Childrey, Joshua (1625–1670), antiquary and astrologer, was the son of Robert Childrey of Rochester, Kent, where he was born on 20 October 1625. Having attended Rochester grammar school, he entered Magdalen College, Oxford, in the Lent term of 1640, and became one of the clerks. On the outbreak of the civil war he left the university, and did not return until the city had surrendered to the forces of ...

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Chishull, Edmund (1671–1733), Church of England clergyman and antiquary, was born at Eyeworth, Bedfordshire, on 22 March 1671, the son of Paul Chishull, a Church of England clergyman and Bible clerk at Queens' College, Cambridge, and his wife, Sibyl Douglas. He entered Winchester College...

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Clay, William Keatinge (1797–1867), liturgical scholar and antiquary, was born at Cambridge on 15 May 1797, the second of the four children of George Clay (1760–1806) and his wife, Mary (1769–1822), daughter of Edward Kempton. In 1813, when he was baptized, his father was described as a glover. He was educated at ...

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Coker, John (d. 1631/1635), Church of England clergyman and supposed antiquary, was the third son of Robert Coker (d. 1571/2) of Mappowder, Dorset, and Elizabeth, daughter and heir of Henry Beaumont of Giddesham, Devon. He appears never to have married. He was rector of ...

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Conybeare, John Josias (1779–1824), geologist, antiquary, and Church of England clergyman, was born on 10 June 1779 at St Botolph's rectory, Bishopsgate, London, elder son of the then rector, William Conybeare (1739–1815), and his wife, Margaret Hester Olivier (1764–1806). William Daniel Conybeare (1787–1857)...

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Cordiner, Charles (1746?–1794), Scottish Episcopal clergyman and antiquary, lived most of his life in Banff, and became minister of St Andrew's Chapel there in 1769. Few other biographical details concerning him survive. He died at Banff on 18 November 1794, leaving a widow and eight children. ...

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Cox, John Charles (1843–1919), antiquary and ecclesiologist, was born on 29 March 1843 at Parwich, Derbyshire, the sixth of the seven children of Revd Edward Cox (1802–1869) and Anna Horsfall (1803/4–1888). He had two brothers and four sisters. In 1843 his father was vicar of ...