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Baker, George (1781–1851), county historian, the son of Richard Baker and his wife, Ann, was born in Northampton and lived there all his life. As a thirteen-year-old schoolboy at Mr Comfield's establishment in Horsemarket, Northampton, he wrote a manuscript history of Northampton and a life of ...

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Benson, Robert (1797–1844), judge and local historian of Salisbury, was born in the cathedral close, Salisbury, on 5 February 1797, the youngest son of the Revd Edmund Benson (d. 1835), vicar of Salisbury Cathedral, and his wife, Anne Hunt Grubbe. He was educated at a private school in ...

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Blackner, John (1770?–1816), radical and county historian, was born in Ilkeston, Derbyshire. He served an apprenticeship to a stocking maker in his native town, and there married Sarah, née Brown, sister of a 'respectable' farmer in Kirk Hallam, Derbyshire, with whom he had four sons and three daughters. Illiterate at the time of his marriage, he taught himself to read and write soon after moving to ...

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Bridges, John (bap. 1666, d. 1724), county historian, was baptized at Binfield, Berkshire, on 24 June 1666. He was the eldest of the twelve children of John Bridges (1642–1712), squire of Barton Seagrave in Northamptonshire, and his wife, Elizabeth (1642–1712), daughter of William Trumbull...

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John Bridges (bap. 1666, d. 1724) by George Vertue, 1726 (after Sir Godfrey Kneller, 1706) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Calder, James Traill (1794–1864), local historian, was born on 18 October 1794 at Olrig, near Castletown, Caithness, the son of George Calder, gardener to James Traill of Ratter, and his wife, Janet Reid. Calder lost the use of one of his limbs at the age of four. He was educated in the parish schools of ...

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Walter Chetwynd (1633–1693) by Sir Peter Lely by permission of Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Chetwynd, Walter (1633–1693), county historian, was born on 9 May 1633, the son of Walter Chetwynd (1597/8–1669) of Ingestre, Staffordshire, and his wife, Frances (1605/6–1686), daughter and heir of Edward Hesilrigge of Arthingworth, Northamptonshire, and Theddingworth, Leicestershire. He was a descendant of a younger branch of the ...

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Clutterbuck, Robert (1772–1831), local historian and landowner, was born and baptized at Watford House, High Street, Watford, in Hertfordshire, on 28 January 1772. He was the eldest surviving son of Thomas Clutterbuck the younger (1744–1791) and Sarah Thurgood (1749–1788), daughter of Robert and ...

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Robert Clutterbuck (1772–1831) by William Bond (after William Henry Hunt, c. 1815) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cremer, Robert Wyndham Ketton- (1906–1969), biographer and county historian, was the elder son of a Norfolk squire, Wyndham Ketton-Cremer (1870–1933) of Beeston, and his wife, Emily (1882–1952), daughter of Robert Bayly, timber merchant. Born on 2 May 1906, at his mother's family home in ...

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Fleming, David Hay (1849–1931), antiquary and writer on Scottish history, was born at St Andrews on 9 May 1849, the third and youngest son of John Fleming, china and stoneware merchant, of St Andrews, whose ancestors were from Deeside, and his wife, Ann...

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David Hay Fleming (1849–1931) by Andrew Swan Watson, 1925 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gough, Richard (bap. 1635, d. 1723), local historian, was born in Newton on the Hill in the parish of Myddle, Shropshire, and baptized on 18 January 1635, the son of Richard Gough and his wife, Dorothy Jenks, formerly of Cockshutt. He was the fifth ...

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Edward Hasted (1732–1812) by unknown artist, 1801 Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre, Education and Leisure Directorate, Medway Council

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Hasted, Edward (1732–1812), county historian, was born on 20 December 1732 at Dove Court, Lombard Street, London, the only son of Edward Hasted (1702–1740), landowner, of Hawley, in Sutton-at-Hone parish, and Anne Tyler, daughter and coheir of Joseph Tyler of London. His father was a member of ...

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Holman, William (bap. 1669, d. 1730), county historian, was baptized on 15 December 1669, at Whitchurch Canonicorum, Dorset, the son of William Holman. He had migrated to London by 1690, when he was received into the Stepney Independent meeting, as 'chaplain to Mr Fletcher...

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Hutchins, John (1698–1773), county historian, was born on 21 September 1698 at Bradford Peverell, Dorset, the son of Richard Hutchins (1667–1734), Church of England clergyman, and his wife, Anne (d. 1707). He came from a well-established Dorset clerical family. His grandfather John Hutchins...

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John Hutchins (1698–1773) by J. Collimore, pubd 1813 (after Charles Bestland) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Jones, Theophilus (1759–1812), county historian, the son of Hugh Jones (d. 1799), Church of England clergyman, and his wife, Elinor (d. 1786), elder daughter of the historian Theophilus Evans (1693–1767), was born in Lion Street, Brecon, on 18 October 1759. His father, curate of ...