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Bartlet, Benjamin (1714–1787), numismatist and topographer, was born on 1 September 1714 at Bradford, Yorkshire, the only son of Benjamin Bartlet (1678–1759), bookseller and apothecary, and his second wife, Elizabeth Green (1684–1751). The family were Quakers: his grandfather and father suffered the seizure of goods for absenting themselves from the parish church; and ...

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Beesley, Alfred (1799/1800–1847), antiquary, was born into a Quaker family, but subsequently left the Society of Friends. He was apprenticed to a watchmaker in Deddington, Oxford, but only served part of his time. Subsequently he devoted himself to literary and scientific pursuits. He was a keen astronomer and botanist, and collected scientific instruments. In 1834 ...

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Forster, Edward, the elder (1730–1812), merchant and antiquary, was born on 11 February 1730 in London, eldest of the four sons of Thomas Forster (1698–1743), merchant, and his wife, Dorothy (1710–1763), daughter of Benjohan (Benjamin) Furly, a Rotterdam merchant of Colchester Quaker forebears. ...

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Foster, Joseph (1844–1905), genealogist and antiquary, born at Sunniside, Sunderland, on 9 March 1844, was the eldest of five sons and three daughters of Joseph Foster, a woollen draper of Bishopwearmouth, co. Durham, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Emanuel Taylor. His grandfather was ...

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Gurney, Daniel (1791–1880), banker and antiquary, was born on 9 March 1791 at Earlham Hall, near Norwich, the youngest son (in a family of four boys and seven girls) of Quaker parents, John Gurney (1749–1809), banker, of Earlham, Norfolk, and his wife, Catherine Bell (1754–1792)...

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Gurney, Hudson (1775–1864), antiquary and banker, was born in the Old Courthouse, Magdalen Street, Norwich, on 19 January 1775, the only son of Richard Gurney (1742–1811) and his first wife, Agatha Barclay (1753–1776). Both his parents were from Quaker families much involved in banking; his father was chief partner in the ...

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Harris, James Rendel (1852–1941), biblical scholar and palaeographer, was born in Plymouth on 27 January 1852, the second son of Henry Marmaduke Harris, a house decorator, and his wife, Elizabeth Carter, née Budd. Educated at Plymouth grammar school, he entered Clare College, Cambridge...

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G. F. Hill

revised by M. L. Caygill

Head, Barclay Vincent (1844–1914), numismatist, the second son of John Head, of Ipswich, and his wife, Elizabeth Bailey, was born at Ipswich on 2 January 1844; his father came of a Quaker family descended from the Quaker apologist Robert Barclay. Educated at the local grammar school under ...

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T. E. Jacob

revised by Alexander Du Toit

Hill, Thomas Ford (d. 1795), antiquary, was the son of a glove manufacturer of Worcester. He was a Quaker, and intended for a commercial life in the linen trade. After serving an apprenticeship at Pontefract, he was taken into the house of Messrs Dawson and Walker...

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Mattingly, Harold (1884–1964), numismatist and ancient historian, was born at Market Hill, Sudbury, Suffolk, on 24 December 1884, the son of Robert Mattingly, a clothier who became a JP and mayor of Sudbury, and his wife, Gertrude Emma Boggis. In January 1896 he went to the ...

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Charlotte Fell-Smith

revised by M. J. Mercer

Nickolls, John (1710/11–1745), antiquary, was born in Ware, Hertfordshire, the son of John Nickolls, a Quaker miller and grain merchant in the town. He was apprenticed to another Quaker merchant, Joseph Wyeth, of London and after serving his time became a partner with his father but continued to reside in ...

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Norman Moore

revised by John D. Haigh

Poole, Jacob (1774–1827), antiquary, was born at Growtown, co. Wexford, on 11 February 1774, the son of Joseph Poole (1731–1800), farmer, and his wife, Sarah, daughter of Jacob Martin of Aghfad, co. Wexford. His parents were members of the Society of Friends, and he was seventh in descent from ...

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Stackhouse, Thomas (1756–1836), educational writer and antiquary, was born at Cockermouth on 27 September 1756, the son of Daniel Stackhouse and Margaret Morland, who married in 1755, and the grandson of Thomas Stackhouse (1681/2–1752), vicar of Beenham Valence. He was educated by his uncle ...

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Westwood, John Obadiah (1805–1893), entomologist and palaeographer, was born on 22 December 1805 at Sheffield, the son of John Westwood (1774–1850), a medal designer and die-sinker, and his wife, Mary, daughter of Edward Betts of Sheffield. Westwood was educated at the Society of Friends'...