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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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Bandinel, Bulkeley (1781–1861), librarian, was born in Oxford on 21 February 1781, the third child of James Bandinel (bap. 1733, d. 1804), fellow of Jesus College, and his wife, Margaret née Dumaresq (bap. 1744, d. 1792). The civil servant ...

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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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Coxe, Henry Octavius (1811–1881), librarian, was born on 20 September 1811 at Bucklebury vicarage, Berkshire, the youngest child and eighth son of the Revd Richard Coxe (1753–1819) and his second wife, Susan Smith, of Normanton Hall, Leicestershire. He was educated at Westminster School...

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Ducarel, Andrew Coltée (1713–1785), librarian and antiquary, was born on 9 June 1713 in Paris, the eldest of three sons of Jacques Coltée Ducarel (1680–1718), banker, merchant, and sieur de Muids, and his wife, Jeanne Crommelin (1690–1723), daughter of André Crommelin and his wife, ...

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Ellis, Sir Henry (1777–1869), librarian, was born in the parish of St Botolph without Bishopsgate, London, on 29 November 1777, the son of John Ellis (1744–1812), master of the free school, Primrose Street, and Sarah Ellis, née Belknap. He was educated at the ...

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Hertslet, Sir Edward (1824–1902), librarian and archivist, was born on 3 February 1824 at 16 Great College Street, Westminster, the youngest son of Lewis Hertslet (1787–1870) and his wife, Hannah Harriet, known as Jemima (d. 1828), the daughter of George Cooke. Educated at private schools in ...

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G. S. Woods

revised by Oliver Everett

Holmes, Sir Richard Rivington (1835–1911), librarian, born in London on 16 November 1835, was the second of five children of John Holmes (1800–1854), assistant keeper of manuscripts at the British Museum, and his wife, Mary Anne, eldest daughter of Charles Rivington (1754–1831) [...

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James, Thomas (1572/3–1629), librarian and religious controversialist, was born at Newport, Isle of Wight, probably the youngest child of Richard James and Jane Overnone (d. 1581), who had been married there on 29 June 1549, but who had, according to their son's account many years later, been forced to live beyond the seas in ...

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Jenkinson, Francis John Henry (1853–1923), librarian and bibliographer, born at Forres, Moray, on 20 August 1853, was the elder son of John Henry Jenkinson (1823–1914), younger brother of Sir George Samuel Jenkinson, eleventh baronet, of Hawkesbury, Gloucestershire, and of his wife, Alice Henrietta (...

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Richard Garnett

revised by P. R. Harris

Jones, John Winter (1805–1881), librarian, was born in 1805, probably on 16 June, at Lambeth, London. His family came originally from Carmarthenshire; his father, John Jones, was the editor of the Naval Chronicle and the European Magazine. His mother, Mary Walker, was a cousin of the painter ...

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Lockey, Thomas (1602?–1679), librarian and Church of England clergyman, was born to unknown parents, probably in 1602. He obtained a king's scholarship at Westminster School and in 1618 was elected to Christ Church, Oxford. He contributed to the Oxford collection of verses on the death of ...

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Macray, William Dunn (1826–1916), librarian, historian, and Church of England clergyman, was born on 7 July 1826 in St Pancras, London, the third son of John Macray (1796–1878) and his wife, Ann Downs. He was educated at Magdalen College School, Oxford, and matriculated at ...

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Madan, Falconer (1851–1935), librarian and bibliographer, was born on 15 April 1851 at Cam vicarage, Gloucestershire, the fifth and youngest son of George Madan (1807–1891), vicar of Cam, and his wife, Harriet (1813–1904), daughter of William Gresley. He was educated at Crewkerne grammar school...

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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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Thomas Seccombe

revised by Rebecca Mills

Maty, Paul Henry (1744–1787), librarian, was born in London on 18 December 1744 and baptized on 18 January 1745 at St Anne's, Soho, the son of Matthew Maty (1718–1776), librarian, and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1750), daughter of Louis Chevalleau of Sieur de Boisragon...

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Planta, Joseph (1744–1827), librarian, was born on 21 February 1744 at Castasegna in the Grisons (Graubünden), Switzerland, where his father, the Revd Andrew Planta (1717–1773), was the pastor of the Reformed church. The Plantas were a noble family of the Grisons with a recorded history dating back to the twelfth century; ...

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Ralston, William Ralston Shedden- (1828–1889), librarian, folklorist, and Russian scholar, was born on 4 April 1828 in York Terrace, Regent's Park, London, the only son of William Patrick Ralston Shedden (1794–1880), merchant of Calcutta, and his wife, Frances Sophia, daughter of William Browne...

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Rouse, John (1574–1652), librarian, was born in Somerset; the names of his parents are unknown. He entered Balliol College on 1 January 1596 as a scholar, though he was later classed as a servitor. He graduated BA on 31 January 1599, was elected a fellow of ...

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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 ...