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Ainslie, George Robert (1776–1839), army officer and numismatist, was born near Edinburgh, the eldest son of Sir Philip Ainslie and his wife, the Hon. Elizabeth Gray, fifth daughter of John, twelfth Lord Gray. He entered the army as an ensign in the 19th regiment...

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Ainslie, Sir Robert, first baronet (1729/30–1812), diplomatist and numismatist, was the third son of George Ainslie (d. 1773), merchant, and his wife, Jean, daughter of Sir Philip Anstruther of Anstrutherfield, Fife. He grew up with his two brothers and five sisters in ...

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Bartlet, Benjamin (1714–1787), numismatist and topographer, was born on 1 September 1714 at Bradford, Yorkshire, the only son of Benjamin Bartlet (1678–1759), bookseller and apothecary, and his second wife, Elizabeth Green (1684–1751). The family were Quakers: his grandfather and father suffered the seizure of goods for absenting themselves from the parish church; and ...

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Blunt, Christopher Evelyn (1904–1987), merchant banker and numismatist, was born on 16 July 1904 at the vicarage, Ham Common, London, the second of the three sons (there were no daughters) of the Revd (Arthur) Stanley Vaughan Blunt (1870–1929) and his wife, Hilda Violet (1880–1969)...

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Carter, Francis (1741?–1783), traveller and collector of coins, is reported in the Dictionary of British Portraiture (vol. 2) to have been born in 1741. He spent most of his life (except five years in France) in Andalusia and in the kingdom of ...

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Christmas [later Noel-Fearn], Henry (1811–1868), author and numismatist, was born in London, the only son of Robert Noble Christmas of Taunton and his wife, Jane, the daughter of Samuel Fearn. He matriculated at St John's College, Cambridge, in 1833, graduated BA in 1837, and proceeded MA in 1840. Ordained deacon in 1837 (by ...

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Clarke, Charles (1719–1780), numismatist, born at Kensington on 20 February 1719, was the seventh son of Rupert Clarke (1674–1748), attorney of the court of king's bench, of Heston, Middlesex, who was descended from a family resident at Broad Clyst in Devon, and his wife, ...

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W. W. Wroth

revised by C. E. A. Cheesman

Combe, Charles (1743–1817), physician and numismatist, was born on 23 September 1743 in Southampton Street, Bloomsbury, where his father, John Combe (d. 1768), carried on business as an apothecary. His mother was called Elizabeth. He was educated at Harrow School, and among his schoolfellows he remained on close terms with ...

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W. W. Wroth

revised by Nilanjana Banerji

Combe, Taylor (1774–1826), numismatist and archaeologist, was the eldest son of Dr Charles Combe (1743–1817), the physician and numismatist, and his wife, Arthey Taylor (d. 1799). He was educated at Harrow School and at Oriel College, Oxford, where he matriculated on 18 October 1791, graduated BA on 5 June 1795, and proceeded MA on 10 July 1798. ...

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Conder, James (1761–1823), numismatist and antiquary, the youngest of seven sons of John Conder DD (1714–1781), Independent minister, and his wife, Susan, daughter of John Flindell, leatherseller of Ipswich, was born at Mile End, Middlesex, on 22 October 1761. He was educated at the ...

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W. W. Wroth

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Cooke, William (1709–1780), antiquary and numismatist, was born at Barnard Castle in co. Durham on 16 August 1709, the eldest son of John Cooke (d. c.1714), apothecary and surgeon there, and citizen and member of the Barber–Surgeons' Company of London. In 1719 ...

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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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Fox, Charles Richard (1796–1873), army officer and numismatist, eldest child of Henry Richard Vassall Fox, third Baron Holland (1773–1840), and Elizabeth Vassall Fox (1771?–1845), daughter of Richard Vassall, was born on 6 November 1796 at Brompton Park House, London, eight months before his mother's divorce from ...

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J. M. C. Toynbee and H. D. A. Major

revised by John Boardman

Gardner, Percy (1846–1937), classical archaeologist and numismatist, was born at Wells Street, Hackney, Middlesex, on 24 November 1846, the third child and eldest son of Thomas Gardner, of the stock exchange, and his wife, Ann, daughter of Peter Pearse. Ernest Arthur Gardner, classical scholar and archaeologist, was his brother and ...

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Edwin Cannan

revised by Roger Hayden

Gifford, Andrew (1700–1784), Baptist minister and numismatist, was born on 17 August 1700 in Bristol, the son of Emmanuel Gifford (1673–1723), a Baptist minister, and his wife, Eleanor Lancaster (1662–1738), and grandson of Andrew Gifford, also a Bristol Baptist minister. Educated first at ...

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Harwood, Edward (d. 1814), numismatist, was the eldest son of Edward Harwood (1729–1794), Presbyterian minister and biblical scholar, and his wife, Sarah (d. 1791), youngest daughter of Samuel Chandler, dissenting minister and theologian. He was for many years a surgeon in the navy, and served under ...

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Hawkins, Edward (1780–1867), museum curator and numismatist, was born on 5 May 1780 at Macclesfield, the eldest son of Edward Hawkins, banker, and his wife, Ellen, daughter of Brian Hodgson of Ashbourne, Derbyshire. He was educated at Macclesfield grammar school, and privately from 1797 to 1799 by ...

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G. F. Hill

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Head, Barclay Vincent (1844–1914), numismatist, the second son of John Head, of Ipswich, and his wife, Elizabeth Bailey, was born at Ipswich on 2 January 1844; his father came of a Quaker family descended from the Quaker apologist Robert Barclay. Educated at the local grammar school under ...

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Hill, Sir George Francis (1867–1948), numismatist, was born on 22 December 1867, at Berhampore, Bengal, the youngest of five children, all of notable ability, of the Revd Samuel John Hill and his wife, Leonora Josephine Müller. His father was a missionary of rigid and exemplary character who felt it his duty to live continuously in, and for, ...