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Ames, Joseph (bap. 1687, d. 1759), bibliographer and antiquary, was born of a seafaring family in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, and baptized there on 20 June 1687. He was the son of John Ames (1651–1699?), master in the merchant service, and his wife, Esther (...

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Gordon Goodwin

revised by William Joseph Sheils

Banks, William Stott (1821–1872), antiquary, was born at Wakefield, Yorkshire, on 9 March 1821, the son of William Banks and his wife, Harriet Stott, and baptized on 15 April following at the Salem Independent Chapel. He was educated at the Lancasterian School there, and at the age of eleven began work in the office of ...

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Bateman, Thomas (bap. 1821, d. 1861), archaeologist and antiquary, was baptized on 8 November 1821 at Rowsley, Derbyshire, the only child of William Bateman (1787–1835), antiquary, of Middleton by Youlgreave, Derbyshire, and his wife, Mary (d. 1822), daughter of James Crompton...

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Baxter, William (1650–1723), classicist and antiquary, was born in 1650 in Llanllugan in Montgomeryshire, the eldest son of John Baxter (d. 1681) and Catherine, née Bolliver. Richard Baxter, the divine, was the cousin of William's father, and upon Richard's death in 1691 ...

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Bradford, John [Siôn] (1706–1785), poet and antiquary, was the son of a Richard Bradford (fl. c.1700–1750) who lived at Y Pandy, Betws Tir Iarll, in upper Glamorgan. Little definite is known of his father, but he was probably a weaver, fuller, and dyer, as his son became. A tradition existed in the family that the ...

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Brown, John (1780x85–1859), geologist and fossil collector, was born at Braintree, Essex. He was apprenticed to a stonemason in Braintree before moving to Colchester as a master mason about 1805. He married first Jane Byford and in 1820, after her death, Elizabeth Eagle...

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E. I. Carlyle

revised by Nilanjana Banerji

Burn, John Southerden (1798–1870), antiquary, was born on 7 July 1798 at Maidstone, Kent, the son of John Burn and his wife, Ann. He qualified as a solicitor in 1819, when he began to practise at 11 Staples Inn, Holborn. In 1820 he moved to ...

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Thompson Cooper

revised by John D. Pickles

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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Fairfax, Nathaniel (1637–1690), physician and antiquary, was born on 24 July 1637 at the rectory of Rumburgh in Suffolk and baptized in the parish on 30 July, the fourth and youngest son of Benjamin Fayerfaxe (1592–1676), rector of Rumburgh, and his wife, Sarah...

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Godfrey, Walter Hindes (1881–1961), architect and antiquary, was born at home at 102 Greenwood Road, Hackney, London, on 2 August 1881, the eldest son of Walter Scott Godfrey, who at that time was conducting a small wine business, and his wife, Gertrude Annie Rendall...

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Lower, Mark Antony (1813–1876), antiquary, was born on 14 July 1813 at Chiddingly, Sussex, the fourth of seven surviving children of Richard Lower (1782–1865), schoolmaster, and his wife, Mary Oxley (b. 1780), daughter of William Oxley of Heathfield, Sussex. He was educated by his father. In 1830 he briefly assisted his sister at her school at ...

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Gordon Goodwin

revised by J. A. Marchand

Moffatt, John Marks (d. 1802), antiquary, was the minister of nonconformist congregations at Forest Green, Avening, Gloucestershire, at Nailsworth in the same county, and lastly at Malmesbury, Wiltshire. He published two religious works which expounded his nonconformist principles; one was a collection of prayers and hymns. He died, however, before his major work, ...

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Sir (Edward) Stanley Gotch Robinson (1887–1976) by Anthony Devas, 1954 Christ Church, Oxford

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Robinson, Sir (Edward) Stanley Gotch (1887–1976), numismatist, was born on 4 July 1887 at 23 Westfield Park, Clifton, Bristol, the sixth of the seven children of Edward Robinson, paper merchant, and his wife, Katherine Frances, the daughter of the Revd Dr Gotch. He was born into a large and well-established Baptist, ...

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Thoresby, Ralph (1658–1725), antiquary and topographer, was born on 16 August 1658 at Kirkgate, Leeds, the son of John Thoresby (1626–1679), a wool merchant of that city who had served in the parliamentarian army under Fairfax, and his wife, Ruth (d. 1669)...

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Ralph Thoresby (1658–1725) by George Vertue, 1712 © National Portrait Gallery, London