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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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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 ...


Alexander Gordon

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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 ...


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 ...