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C. L. Falkiner

revised by P. E. Kell

Archer, William (1830–1897), naturalist and librarian, was born on 6 May 1830 at Maghera, co. Down, the eldest son of the Revd Richard Archer, perpetual curate at Maghera and a member of a family long settled in co. Wexford, and Jane Matilda, daughter of ...

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Austin, (Ethel) Winifred (1873–1918), pioneer of library services for blind people, was born on 7 October 1873 (not 1875, as her obituaries state) at 3 Lansdowne Place, Blackheath Hill, London, the tenth child of George Austin (1824/5–1887) and Mary Anne Jane Cullum Aldridge (...

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Axon, William Edward Armytage (1846–1913), librarian and antiquary, was born on 13 January 1846, at 12 Honduras Street, Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester. He was the illegitimate son of Edward Armytage, clothing manufacturer, and Lydia Whitehead, a servant girl in his household, aged fifteen. Lydia Whitehead...

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Samuel Ayscough (1745–1804) by James Basire, pubd 1804 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ayscough, Samuel (1745–1804), librarian and antiquary, was born in Nottingham and baptized at St Peter's, Nottingham, on 29 November 1745, the only son of George Ayscough (1721/2–1783), printer, and his second wife, Edith Wigley. His grandfather, William Ayscough, was a stationer and printer in ...

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Baber, Henry Hervey (bap. 1775, d. 1869), librarian, was baptized at Slingsby, Yorkshire, on 22 August 1775, the son of Thomas Baber, barrister, and grandson of Thomas Draper Baber, of Sunninghill, Berkshire. He entered St Paul's School, London, in 1786, and became a ...

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Ballinger, Sir John (1860–1933), librarian, was born in Pontnewynydd, Monmouthshire, on 12 May 1860, the younger son and second of four children of Henry Ballinger of Whitchurch, Herefordshire, a metallurgical engineer, and his wife, Jane Williams (1827–1896) of Llanrumney. His father died in 1866. He was educated at ...

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Bulkeley Bandinel (1781–1861) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bandinel, Bulkeley (1781–1861), librarian, was born in Oxford on 21 February 1781, the third child of James Bandinel (d. 1804), fellow of Jesus College, and his wife, Margaret. His ancestors, originally from Italy, had moved to Jersey early in the seventeenth century. His father was the first of the family to settle in ...

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Barnard, Sir Frederick Augusta (1743–1830), librarian, was the son of John Barnard (d. 1773), page of the backstairs to Frederick, prince of Wales, and to the prince's wife, Augusta (after whom Frederick was named), who may have been his godparents. The erroneous belief, which originated with the obituary of ...

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W. E. A. Axon

revised by Nilanjana Banerji

Bennis, George Geary (1790/1793–1866), librarian and author, was born in Corkamore, co. Limerick. After some years as a grocer in Limerick he settled for a time in Liverpool, and while there appears to have become a Quaker. His first work was The Principles of the one Faith Professed by All Christians...

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Betson, Thomas (d. 1516), librarian, religious author, and compiler, is first recorded at Cambridge University, where he had studied civil law for two and a half years, canon law for two years, and practised for four years, when he was granted a grace in 1466–7 to proceed to the degree of BCnL. He was rector of ...

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Bloomfield, Barry Cambray (1931–2002), librarian and bibliographer, was born at 197 Church Road, Manor Park, East Ham, London, on 1 June 1931, the eldest of three children and the only son of Clifford Wilson Bloomfield, a dental technician, and his wife, Eileen Elizabeth, ...

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Bond, Sir Edward Augustus (1815–1898), librarian, was born on 31 December 1815 at Hanwell, the son of the Revd John Bond, who conducted a large private school there, and Sophia Bond. He was admitted to Merchant Taylors' School in December 1830. In 1833 he was appointed assistant at the ...

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Sir Edward Augustus Bond (1815–1898) by unknown engraver, pubd 1879 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bradford, Samuel Clement (1878–1948), librarian and information scientist, was born on 10 January 1878 at 14 Olmar Street, Ossory Road, Camberwell, London, the son of Samuel Joseph Bradford, a commercial clerk, and his wife, Katherine Lucy Lipscombe. Bradford was trained as a chemist, obtaining a ...

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Henry Bradshaw (1831–1886) by unknown engraver (after Sir Hubert von Herkomer, 1881) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bradshaw, Henry (1831–1886), librarian and scholar, the third son and fifth child of Joseph Hoare Bradshaw and Catherine, daughter of Richard Stewart of Ballintoy, co. Antrim, was born at 2 Artillery Place, Finsbury Square, London, on 2 February 1831. His father, a partner in ...

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E. S. Shuckburgh

revised by Charles Brayne

Brimley, George (1819–1857), essayist and librarian, was born at Cambridge on 29 December 1819, the son of Augustine Gutteridge Brimley (1794-1862), and his first wife, Hannah née Gotobed (1789-1825). His father, a grocer and hop and provision merchant, was a Baptist, and was mayor of ...

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Briscoe, John Potter (1848–1926), librarian, was born at Lever Bridge, Tonge with Haulgh, near Bolton, Lancashire, on 20 July 1848, the eldest son of John Daly Briscoe, a schoolmaster, and his wife, Mary Elizabeth Scowcroft. He was educated at his father's school and was a teacher there from 1862 until 1866, when he was appointed assistant librarian in ...