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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 (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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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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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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Dalton, Richard (c. 1715–1791), art dealer and librarian, was the son of the Revd John Dalton of Darlington, co. Durham, and younger brother of the Revd John Dalton, rector of St Mary-at-Hill, London. Dalton was apparently apprenticed to a coach-painter at Clerkenwell, London...

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Gildas Tibbott

revised by Brynley F. Roberts

Davies, Sir William Llewelyn (1887–1952), librarian, was born at Plas Gwyn schoolhouse, near Pwllheli, on 11 October 1887, the third child and younger son of William Davies and his wife, Jane Evans, both natives of Llanafan, Cardiganshire. His father, formerly the earl of Lisburne's...

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G. S. Boulger

revised by Margot Walker

Dryander, Jonas Carlsson (1748–1810), botanist and librarian, was born on 5 March 1748 in Göteborg, Sweden, son of Carl Leonard Dryander (d. 1757), lecturer, and Brita Maria Montin. His uncle, Dr Lars Montin, a botanist and pupil of Linnaeus, advised him on his education after the early death of his father. After attending school in ...

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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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Garnett, Richard (1835–1906), librarian and author, was born in Beacon Street, Lichfield, on 27 February 1835, the elder son (he also had a brother and a sister) of the second marriage of Richard Garnett (1789–1850), then priest-vicar of Lichfield Cathedral, and his wife, ...

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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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Laing, David (1793–1878), antiquary and librarian, was born in North St David Street, Edinburgh, on or shortly after 20 April 1793, the second son of William Laing (1764–1832) and Helen Kirk (1767–1837). His father, by profession a publisher and bookseller specializing in secondhand, antiquarian, and foreign literature, was ultimately to have twelve children, nine of whom, four sons and five daughters, survived until adulthood. ...

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Larkin, Philip Arthur (1922–1985), poet, writer, and librarian, was born at 2 Poultney Road, Radford, Coventry, on 9 August 1922, the only son and younger child of Sydney Larkin (1884–1948), city treasurer of Coventry, who came from Lichfield, and his wife, Eva Emily Day (1886–1977)...

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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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Lyster, Thomas William (1855–1922), librarian and literary scholar, was born on 17 December 1855 in Kilkenny, the elder son of Thomas Lyster of Rathdowney and Jane Smith of Roscrea. Lyster's father died early, leaving him as the main support of the family. Friends and colleagues were later to ascribe his strength of character and determination to this single event. He was educated at ...