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Aubrey, John (1626–1697), antiquary and biographer, was born on 12 March 1626 at Easton Pierse near Kington St Michael in north Wiltshire, the eldest of the three surviving sons of Richard Aubrey (1603–1652), who owned estates at Burleton in Herefordshire and at Broad Chalke...

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John Aubrey (1626–1697) by William Faithorne the elder, 1666 Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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Gordon Goodwin

revised by Nilanjana Banerji

Chambers, John (1780–1839), biographer and antiquary, was born in London in March 1780. After receiving a good preliminary education he was placed in the office of an architect, but having inherited an ample fortune on the death of his father, he determined to devote himself to the cultivation of art and literature as an amateur. In 1806 he became a member of the ...

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Thompson Cooper

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Cooper, Charles Henry (1808–1866), biographer and antiquary, was born at Great Marlow, Buckinghamshire, on 20 March 1808, the eldest of the ten children of Basil Henry Cooper (1783–1823), solicitor, and Harriet (1787–1860), daughter of Charles Shoppee of Uxbridge. He was educated at home until he reached his seventh year, when he was sent to a school kept by a ...

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Charles Henry Cooper (1808–1866) by E. Monson, 1859 Cambridgeshire Collection, Cambridge Central Library

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Gordon Goodwin

revised by Adam I. P. Smith

Noble, Mark (bap. 1754, d. 1827), biographer and antiquary, was born in Digbeth, Birmingham, the third surviving son of William Heatley Noble. He was baptized on 13 September 1754 at St Mark's Church, Birmingham. His father was a businessman much of whose fortune came from selling consumer goods to traders who would use them to barter for slaves in ...

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Ward, John (1678/9–1758), antiquary and biographer, was born in London, one of the fourteen children of John Ward (1635–1717), a Baptist minister originally from Tysoe, Warwickshire, and his wife, Constancy Rayner (d. 1697), a lady of acknowledged piety. John and his sister ...