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Anstis, John (1708–1754), herald, was born on 17 November 1708 in St Clement Danes, Westminster, the seventh of fourteen children and eldest surviving son of John Anstis the elder (1669–1744), Garter king of arms, and his wife, Elizabeth (c.1675–c.1735)...

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Belmaine, Jean (fl. 1546–1559), royal tutor, is of uncertain origins. He probably came to England from France in the wake of the French persecutions of religious evangelicals after the edict of Fontainebleau (1540). He certainly had Calvinist sympathies: his corrections to Edward VI's...

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Brooke [Brookesmouth], Ralph (c. 1553–1625), herald, was born in London, the son of Geoffrey Brooke, a shoemaker, and his wife, Jane Hyde. By his own account, preserved in the College of Arms, his grandfather was William Brooke of Lancashire; however, Anthony Wagner cites another contemporary account that gives the family name as ...

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Crawfurd, George (b. in or before 1695, d. 1748), genealogist and historian, was the third son of Thomas Crawfurd (b. in or before 1669, d. 1695), landowner of Cartsburn, Renfrewshire. In June 1716 he married Margaret (d. in or after 1748)...

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Edmondson, Joseph (bap. 1732, d. 1786), herald and coach-painter, was baptized on 6 February 1732 at St Andrew's, Holborn, London, the first of five children of Benjamin Edmondson (d. before 1771?) and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1771). Of humble origins, he was originally apprenticed as a barber. He later became a heraldic artist, emblazoning arms on coaches, which presumably led to his interest in heraldry; by 1763 he was coach-painter to ...

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Gayre [formerly Gair], George Robert (1907–1996), racial theorist and specialist in heraldry, was born George Robert Gair at 4 Woodland Villas, Rathmines, Dublin, on 6 August 1907, the son of Robert William Gair (d. 1957) and his wife, Clara, née Hull...

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Owen, George (c. 1598–1665), herald, was born at Henllys, near Newport, Pembrokeshire, the son of George Owen (1552–1613) of Henllys and his second wife, Anne or Ankred Obiled (d .1634), 'gott before mariage and in the life time of his firste wife' (...