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Axon, William Edward Armytage (1846–1913), librarian and antiquary, was born on 13 January 1846, at 12 Honduras Street, Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester. He was the illegitimate son of Edward Armytage, clothing manufacturer, and Lydia Whitehead, a servant girl in his household, aged fifteen. Lydia Whitehead...

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Barritt, Thomas (1743–1820), antiquary, was born at Hanging Ditch in Manchester, of a family which originated in Derbyshire but had latterly settled in south-east Lancashire. His father, John Barritt, was the first of the family to live in Manchester. Throughout his adult life ...

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Gordon Goodwin

revised by Shirley Burgoyne Black

Brent, John (1808–1882), antiquary and author, was born at Rotherhithe on 21 August 1808, the eldest son of John Brent, a shipbuilder, who moved to Canterbury about 1821, became mayor of the city on three occasions, and was deputy lieutenant for the county. His mother was ...

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Dobson, William (bap. 1820, d. 1884), journalist and antiquary, was born in Preston, Lancashire, where he was baptized on 26 January 1820, the eldest son of Lawrence Dobson and his wife, Mary Bowe. His father was a stationer and part proprietor with Isaac Wilcockson...

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Dunsford, Martin (1744–1807), serge maker and antiquary, was born on 2 February 1744 in Tiverton, Devon, the eldest son of Martin Dunsford (1711–1763), serge maker, and his wife, Anne Stone (d. 1798). He was taught at home by his father until he was eight, when he was sent to ...

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Evans, John Gwenogvryn (1852–1930), palaeographer, was born at Ffynnon-felfed, Llanybydder, Carmarthenshire, on 20 March 1852, the only son of Thomas Evans, farmer, and his wife, Margaret, née Rees. When he was a year old his parents moved to Llanwenog, Cardiganshire, the parish from which he later coined his middle name. He attended local schools until the age of fourteen, and then spent four years apprenticed to his uncle, ...

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Glyde [formerly Glide], John (1823–1905), social commentator and antiquary, was born at 9 Eagle Street, Ipswich, on 14 December 1823, the second son of John Glide (1800–1880), a hairdresser, and his wife, Mary Ann née Bond (1794–1844). Glide...

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Richard Garnett

revised by Zoë Lawson

Harland, John (1806–1868), journalist and antiquary, was born at Hull on 27 May 1806, the eldest child of John Harland and his wife, Mary, the daughter of John Breasley of Selby. He was apprenticed to Messrs Allanson and Sydney, the proprietors of the ...

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Horsfield, Thomas Walker (1792–1837), antiquary, was born on 6 November 1792 in Sheffield, the eldest of six children of James Horsfield, bookkeeper, and his wife, Ann Hewett. In 1814 he entered the Unitarian academy at Hackney and in 1817 he moved to Lewes, Sussex...

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Jones, William Arthur (1818–1873), antiquary and Unitarian minister, born on 1 May 1818 at Carmarthen, was the youngest son of William Jones, corn merchant, of Carmarthen. He was educated at Carmarthen College and at Glasgow University, where he graduated MA with honours in 1841. He entered the Unitarian ministry, and settled first at ...

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Le Neve, Peter (1661–1729), herald and antiquary, was born on 21 January 1661 in London, and baptized at St Michael, Cornhill, on the following day. He was the second of the eight children (and the elder of the two who survived, both sons) of ...

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Alexander Gordon

revised by Elizabeth Baigent

Perry, Walter Copland (1814–1911), writer and collector of casts, born in Norwich on 24 July 1814, was the second son of Isaac Perry (1777–1837), a Congregational minister at Cherry Lane, Norwich (1802–14), who later became a Unitarian minister at Ipswich (1814–25) and at ...

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G. A. J. Cole

revised by V. E. Chancellor

Solly, Edward (1819–1886), chemist, agronomist, and antiquary, was born, probably in London, on 11 October 1819, the son of Edward Solly (c.1790–c.1847), a wealthy Baltic timber merchant of Berlin and St Mary Axe, London. Sarah Solly, who made a significant bequest to the ...

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Thompson, Pishey (1785–1862), antiquary, was born on 18 June 1785 at Peachy Hall, Freiston, near Boston, Lincolnshire, the eldest child and only son of John Thompson (1756–1792), grazier and butcher of nearby Benington, and his second wife, Mary Evison (c.1762–1789). A 'forward' boy, ...

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Pishey Thompson (1785–1862) by Hackford, 1859 Lincolnshire County Council – Boston Library

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Washbourn, John (1792–1847), bookseller and antiquary, son of John Washbourn (1761–1829) and his wife, Mary Careless (d. 1833), was born in Gloucester on 2 May 1792. His father, a member of a family long connected with the Unitarian chapel in ...

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C. W. Sutton

revised by Alan G. Crosby

Yates, Joseph Brooks (1780–1855), merchant and antiquary, born at Liverpool on 21 January 1780, was the eldest son of John Yates (1755–1826), minister of the Unitarian chapel in Paradise Street, Liverpool, and his wife, Elizabeth (1749–1819), daughter of John Brooks Ashton of Woolton Hall...