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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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Richard Carew (1555–1620) by unknown artist, 1586 by permission of the Trustees of the Carew Pole Family Trusts. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Carew, Richard (1555–1620), antiquary and poet, was born on 17 July 1555 at Antony House, Torpoint, Cornwall, the eldest son among the three children of Thomas Carew (c.1527–1564) and his wife, Elizabeth Edgcumbe. His father having died when he was eight, ...

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Carnegie, James, sixth earl of Southesk (1827–1905), poet and antiquary, was born at Edinburgh on 16 November 1827, the eldest son of the three sons and two daughters of Sir James Carnegie (1799–1849), of Pittarow, fifth baronet, and his wife, Charlotte (1800–1848), daughter of ...

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Davies, Walter [pseud. Gwallter Mechain] (1761–1849), antiquary and poet, was born on 14 July 1761 at Y Wern, near Tomen y Castell, Llanfechain, Montgomeryshire, one of the seven children of William Davies, a labourer, and his wife, Catherine Bennett (b. 1733)...

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Francis Watt

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Hall, William (1748–1825), poet and antiquary, was born on 1 June 1748 at Willow Booth, a small island in the fen district of Lincolnshire near Hickington Ease, in the parish of South Kyme. His parents were very poor, his ancestors being fen slodgers on his father's side. ...

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Hole, Richard (bap. 1746, d. 1803), poet and antiquary, was baptized on 2 June 1746 at St Peter's Cathedral, Exeter, the son of William Hole (d. 1791), archdeacon of Barnstaple and canon of Exeter Cathedral, and his wife, Thomasin. He was educated at the grammar school in ...

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Jones, John [pseuds. Ioan Tegid, Tegid] (1792–1852), poet and antiquary, first son and third child of Henry and Catherine Jones of Bala, adopted the bardic names Ioan Tegid and Tegid, from the Welsh name of the lake near Bala in Merioneth...

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Leland, John (c. 1503–1552), poet and antiquary, was born in London on 13 September in an unspecified year. Most of the surviving information about his early life, including the day of his birth, comes from his own poetry. Slightly older than his friend ...

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MacCurtin, Hugh [Aodh Buí Mac Cruitín] (1680?–1755), poet and antiquary, was born near Liscannor in the parish of Kilmacrehy, co. Clare. Nothing is known of his immediate family except that his father was named Conchobhar Óg Mac Cruitín. The MacCurtins were one of the hereditary learned families of medieval Irish society and acted as antiquaries to the ...

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Ó Maoilchonaire [O' Maelchonaire], Fearfeasa (fl. 1630–1646), antiquary and poet, was born some time in the late sixteenth century in Cluain Plocáin (Cluain Bolcáin) or Ballymulconry, in the parish of Kiltrustan, co. Roscommon, the chief place of the Uí Mhaoilchonaire family. He was the son of ...

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J. E. Lloyd

revised by M. Clare Loughlin-Chow

Owen, Ellis (1789–1868), antiquary and Welsh-language poet, was born on 31 March 1789 in the parish of Ynyscynhaearn, Caernarvonshire, the son of Owen Ellis, farmer, and Ann Thomas, his wife, of Cefnymeysydd in the same parish. He went to school at Penmorfa, and was afterwards sent to ...

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Sterling, Joseph (fl. 1765–1794), poet and antiquary, was the leading Irish Spenserian of his generation. Nothing is known of his origins, and very little of his life. He entered Trinity College, Dublin, as a sizar in 1765, although no degree is recorded, and though he took orders, he seems to have lived as a private gentleman. At ...

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W. P. Courtney

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Tasker, William (1740–1800), poet and antiquary, was the only son of William Tasker (1708–1772), rector of Iddesleigh, Devon, and his wife, Jane (1711/12–1795), 'the last branch of the ancient family of the Vickries'. Tasker was educated at Barnstaple, and matriculated from ...

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Chauncy Hare Townshend (1798–1868) by John Boaden, exh. RA 1828 V&A Images, The Victoria and Albert Museum

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Townshend, Chauncy Hare (1798–1868), poet and collector, was born on 20 April 1798, the only son (he had a younger sister) of Henry Hare Townsend (1765?–1827) of Busbridge Hall, Godalming, and Walpole, Norfolk, and his wife, Charlotte Winter Lake (c.1770–1831), daughter of ...

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John Weever (1575/66–1632) by Thomas Cecill, 1631 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Weever, John (1575/6–1632), poet and antiquary, was born in Preston, Lancashire, to 'poor but religious parents', and received an excellent education 'by the care of his uncle Thomas' (Whittle, 198). This may have been Thomas Langton, from whom ...