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Allen, John (1789–1829), bookseller and antiquary, was born 'about' 27 July 1789, and baptized on 4 August 1789 at Hereford, the eldest son of John Allen (c.1754–1828), a leading bookseller in the city, and his wife, Mary (c...

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Atkinson, John Christopher (1814–1900), author and antiquary, was born on 9 May 1814 at Goldhanger in Essex, the son of John Atkinson, curate there, and his wife, Martha, daughter of Richard Causten of Mundan Hall. He was educated at Kelvedon in Essex, and admitted as a sizar to ...

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John Bagford (1650/5151–1716) by George Vertue, 1728 (after Hugh Howard) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bagford, John (1650/51–1716), bookseller and antiquary, was born in Fetter Lane, London, the son of John Bagford. Very little is known about his early life and family background. He was trained and worked as a shoemaker and wrote a little tract about this trade (...

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Bentley, Samuel (1785–1868), printer and antiquary, was born on 10 May 1785, the eldest surviving son of Edward Bentley (b. 1753), publisher and principal of the accountant's office at the Bank of England, and his wife, Anne Nichols, only sister of the printer and historian ...

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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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Gordon Goodwin

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Chambers, John (1780–1839), biographer and antiquary, was born in London in March 1780. After receiving a good preliminary education he was placed in the office of an architect, but having inherited an ample fortune on the death of his father, he determined to devote himself to the cultivation of art and literature as an amateur. In 1806 he became a member of the ...

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Christmas [later Noel-Fearn], Henry (1811–1868), author and numismatist, was born in London, the only son of Robert Noble Christmas of Taunton and his wife, Jane, the daughter of Samuel Fearn. He matriculated at St John's College, Cambridge, in 1833, graduated BA in 1837, and proceeded MA in 1840. Ordained deacon in 1837 (by ...

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Collingwood, William Gershom (1854–1932), author, artist, and antiquary, was born on 6 August 1854 at 87 Chatham Street, Liverpool, the eldest son of the artist William Collingwood (1819–1903), of the Royal Watercolour Society, and his wife, Marie Imhoff (d. 1873) of Arbon, Switzerland...

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Charles Henry Cooper (1808–1866) by E. Monson, 1859 Cambridgeshire Collection, Cambridge Central Library

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Thompson Cooper

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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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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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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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Dyer, Gilbert (bap. 1743, d. 1820), antiquary and bookseller, was born at Dunstone in the parish of Widecombe in the Moor, Devon, and baptized on 14 September 1743. He was the son of Gilbert Dyer, schoolmaster (d. 1809), and his wife, Mary...

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Richard Garnett

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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 ...

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Thomas Hearne (bap. 1678, d. 1735) by George Vertue, 1723 (after Peter Tillemans) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hearne, Thomas (bap. 1678, d. 1735), antiquary and diarist, was born in Little Field Green in the parish of White Waltham, Berkshire, where he was baptized on 11 July 1678. He was the second son of George Hearne (1648–1723), parish clerk of White Waltham...