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Evans, John Gwenogvryn (1852–1930), palaeographer, was born at Ffynnon-felfed, Llanybydder, Carmarthenshire, on 20 March 1852, the only son of Thomas Evans, farmer, and his wife, Margaret, née Rees. When he was a year old his parents moved to Llanwenog, Cardiganshire, the parish from which he later coined his middle name. He attended local schools until the age of fourteen, and then spent four years apprenticed to his uncle, ...

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Harris, James Rendel (1852–1941), biblical scholar and palaeographer, was born in Plymouth on 27 January 1852, the second son of Henry Marmaduke Harris, a house decorator, and his wife, Elizabeth Carter, née Budd. Educated at Plymouth grammar school, he entered Clare College, Cambridge...

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Hayter, John (1755–1818), Church of England clergyman and palaeographer, was born in Chagford, Devon, and baptized there on 19 March 1755, one of two sons of Joshua Hayter, rector of Chagford, and his wife, Frances. Having been educated at Eton College from 1766 to 1772 he matriculated from ...

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Hunt, Richard William (1908–1979), palaeographer, was born at Spondon, Derbyshire, on 11 April 1908, the second of three sons and one daughter born to Sydney Hunt, the local doctor, and his wife, Mabel Mary Whitely. From school at Haileybury College he went to read classics at ...

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Sir Frederic Madden (1801–1873) by Richard Cockle Lucas, 1849 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Madden, Sir Frederic (1801–1873), palaeographer and librarian, was born at 31 St Thomas's Street, Portsmouth, on 16 February 1801, the eleventh of the thirteen children of Captain William John Madden (1757–1833), Royal Marines, and Sarah Carter Madden (1759–1833), daughter of the Revd Arnold Carter...

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Thompson, Sir Edward Maunde (1840–1929), palaeographer and librarian, was born on 4 May 1840 at Clarendon, Jamaica, the eldest son of Edward Thompson, custos of Clarendon, and Elizabeth Hayhurst, daughter of Samuel Poole, of Clarendon. He was educated at Rugby School (1854–9) and was admitted to ...

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Sir Edward Maunde Thompson (1840–1929) by Bassano, 1899 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Westwood, John Obadiah (1805–1893), entomologist and palaeographer, was born on 22 December 1805 at Sheffield, the son of John Westwood (1774–1850), a medal designer and die-sinker, and his wife, Mary, daughter of Edward Betts of Sheffield. Westwood was educated at the Society of Friends'...

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Wormald, Francis (1904–1972), palaeographer and art historian, was born at Dewsbury Mill in the West Riding of Yorkshire on 1 June 1904, shortly after his twin brother, John; their twin sisters, Ellen and Ann, were born in 1909. Their parents were Thomas Marmaduke Wormald JP (...