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Allen, Anthony (1685–1754), barrister and antiquary, was born on 3 June 1685 and baptized at Much Hadham, Hertfordshire, two days later, the fourth surviving son of William Allen (d. 1698), of Much Hadham, and his wife, Bridget James. After attending Bishop's Stortford School...

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Amyot, Thomas (1775–1850), lawyer and antiquary, was the eldest of the six sons and one daughter of Peter Amyot (c.1736–1799), a watch- and clock-maker, and his wife, Susannah Garrett. His great-grandfather Thomas, the eldest son of a physician to Louis XIII...

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Archer, Sir Simon (1581–1662), magistrate and antiquary, was born on 21 September 1581, the eldest son of Andrew Archer (d. 1629) of Umberslade, near Tanworth in Arden, Warwickshire, and Margaret (d. 1614), daughter of Simon Ralegh of Farnborough, Warwickshire. He was educated at ...

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Ball, Sir Peter (bap. 1598, d. 1680), lawyer and antiquary, was the second-born (but eldest surviving) son of Giles Ball (b. 1573) of Mamhead, Devon, and his wife, Urith (d. 1644), daughter of Humphrey Copleston of Instow, Devon. He was baptized at ...

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Daines Barrington (1727/88–1800) by Charles Knight, 1795 (after Joseph Slater, 1770) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Barrington, Daines (1727/8–1800), judge, antiquary, and naturalist, was born at Becket in the parish of Shrivenham in Berkshire, the fourth son and fourth of nine children of John Shute Barrington, first Viscount Barrington (1678–1734), barrister and politician, and his wife, Anne (d...

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Gordon Goodwin

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Bowes, Paul (d. 1702), lawyer and antiquary, was born at Great Bromley, Essex, the second son of Sir Thomas Bowes (d. 1676), witch persecutor, and Mary (b. 1608), third daughter of Paul Dewes (1567–1631) [see under Dewes, Garrat]; his parents had married on 4 December 1626. After being educated at the school at ...

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Chauncy, Sir Henry (1632–1719), lawyer and antiquary, was born on 12 April 1632 at Yardley Bury, Yardley, Hertfordshire, the eldest of the seven children of Henry Chauncy (1600–1681) of Yardley and his wife, Anne (1608–1707), daughter of Peter Parke of Tottenham and his wife, ...

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Fitch, William Stevenson (1792–1859), antiquary and thief, was born at Ipswich on 17 November 1792, the eldest of the five children of Samuel Fitch, druggist, and his wife, Elizabeth Stevenson. After five years at Ipswich grammar school (1802–7) he joined the family business and later took over the shop on his father's death in 1815. An early and consuming fascination with old documents, autographs, prints, and coins, particularly those relating to ...

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Fleetwood [Fletewoode], William (c. 1525–1594), lawyer and antiquary, was the son of Robert Fleetwood, a cursitor in chancery, who was the third son of William Fleetwood of Hesketh in Lancashire. His name appears in the admissions register of Eton College, and in those of both ...

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Frankland, Thomas (1632/3–1690), impostor and antiquary, was born in Lancashire; his parents' names are not known. He matriculated from Brasenose College, Oxford, in June 1649, aged sixteen, and graduated BA in February 1653. He was elected a fellow of Brasenose in 1654 and proceeded MA in 1655. The next year he was incorporated MA at ...

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Gray, Charles (bap. 1696, d. 1782), lawyer, politician, and antiquary, was born in Church Street, Colchester, and baptized on 20 September 1696 at St Nicholas's, Colchester, the only son and elder child of George Gray (1677/8–1747), a glazier, and his wife, Elizabeth (...

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C. W. Sutton

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Hulton, William Adam (1802–1887), lawyer and antiquary, was born in Preston, Lancashire, on 18 October 1802 into one of Lancashire's oldest ‘county’ families, a son of Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Hulton (b. 1765) and his wife, Louisa Caroline, née Campbell. Educated at Warrington and then ...

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William Lambarde (1536–1601) by unknown artist © reserved

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Lambarde, William (1536–1601), antiquary and lawyer, was born on 18 October 1536 in the parish of St Nicholas Acons, London, the elder son of John Lambarde or Lambert (1500–1554) and his first wife, Juliana (d. 1540), daughter of William Horne (d...

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Gordon Goodwin

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Lewin, Thomas (1805–1877), legal writer and antiquary, was born on 19 April 1805, the fifth son of Spencer James Lewin, vicar of Ifield, Sussex, and rector of Crawley, in the same county. In March 1816 he went to Merchant Taylors' School, London, and from there to ...

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Manwood, Sir Peter (1571–1625), judge and antiquary, was born at Hackington, Kent, the eldest son of Sir Roger Manwood (1524/5–1592), a judge, and his first wife, Dorothy (d. 1575), daughter of John Theobald, of Seal. His younger brothers John and Thomas died childless, while his two sisters married into the county's judicial élite: ...

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Mickleton, James (1638–1693), antiquary and lawyer, was born in Durham on 19 April 1638, the eldest son of Christopher Mickleton (bap. 1612, d. 1669), attorney, of Durham, and his first wife, Mary King (c.1615–1644). He was educated at Durham School, admitted to ...