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Chetham, Humphrey (bap. 1580, d. 1653), financier and philanthropist, the sixth child of Henry Chetham (c.1540–1603) of Crumpsall Hall, near Manchester, and his wife, Jane (c.1542–1616), the daughter of Robert Wroe of Heaton, was born at Crumpsall Hall, and baptized at ...


Maty, Matthew (1718–1776), physician and librarian, was born on 17 May 1718 at Montfoort, 6 miles south-west of Utrecht, the eldest child of Paul Maty (1681–1773), French protestant minister, and his wife, Jeanne Crottier Desmarets. Both parents were Huguenots. Before moving to the ...


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Matthew Maty (1718–1776), by Francesco Bartolozzi, c. 1777

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Morton, Charles (1716–1799), physician and librarian, was born in Westmorland. Nothing is known of his parents or his early life. He entered the medical school at Leiden University, the Netherlands, on 18 September 1736. After initial training Morton returned to Westmorland, where he practised at ...


Poynter, Frederick Noël Lawrence (1908–1979), librarian and medical historian (known as Noël to family and friends), was born in London on 24 December 1908, the seventh of nine children of Herbert William Poynter and his wife, Margaret, née Gurry (1875/6–1924), originally from Cork...


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Williams, George (bap. 1762, d. 1834), physician and librarian, was baptized at Catherington, Hampshire, on 24 November 1762, the younger son of John Williams, vicar of Catherington, and his wife, Anne. Educated by his father, he was notably competent in Greek when he arrived at ...