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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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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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D'Ewes, Sir Simonds, first baronet (1602–1650), diarist and antiquary, was the eldest son of Paul Dewes (1567–1631) [see under Dewes, Garrat], barrister and government official, of Wells Hall, Milden, Suffolk, and his first wife, Sissilia (c.1581–1618), daughter and heir of another ...

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Gordon Goodwin

revised by M. Clare Loughlin-Chow

Erskine, Sir David (1772–1837), writer and antiquary, was the illegitimate son of David Steuart Erskine, eleventh earl of Buchan (1742–1829). He was appointed an ensign in the 31st regiment on 14 October 1789, and lieutenant of an independent company on 24 January 1791. He returned to the ...

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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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Ward, John (1678/9–1758), antiquary and biographer, was born in London, one of the fourteen children of John Ward (1635–1717), a Baptist minister originally from Tysoe, Warwickshire, and his wife, Constancy Rayner (d. 1697), a lady of acknowledged piety. John and his sister ...