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W. P. Courtney

revised by Alan R. Acheson

Bennet, William (1746–1820), bishop of Cloyne and antiquary, was born in the Tower of London on 4 March 1746, the son of Robert Bennet. He was educated at Harrow School, where he made the acquaintance of Dr Samuel Parr, Gilbert Wakefield, and Sir John Parnell...

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William John Loftie (1839–1911) by Lady Winchilsea, pubd 1907–9 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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W. B. Owen

revised by Bernard Nurse

Loftie, William John (1839–1911), antiquary, was born at Tanderagee, co. Armagh, on 25 July 1839, the eldest son of John Henry Loftie of Tanderagee and his wife, Jane, daughter of William Crozier. After private education he entered Trinity College, Dublin, where he graduated BA in 1862. On 9 March 1865, at ...

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Jeremiah Milles (1714–1784) by Nathaniel Dance Society of Antiquaries of London

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Milles, Jeremiah (1714–1784), antiquary and dean of Exeter, was born on 29 January 1714 at Highclere, Hampshire, the third son of Jeremiah Milles (bap. 1672, d. 1746) [see under Milles, Isaac (1638-1720)], vicar of Duloe, Cornwall, and his wife, Mary (1678/9–1756)...

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William Nicolson (1655–1727) by W. Miln, 1891 (after unknown artist, c. 1715–20) reproduced by permission of the Provost and Fellows of the Queen's College, Oxford

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Nicolson, William (1655–1727), Church of Ireland bishop of Derry and antiquary, was born on Whitsunday, 3 June 1655—according to local tradition, in the porch of the parish church of Great Orton, Cumberland. His father, Joseph Nicolson (1622/3–1686), was a time-serving clergyman of varied intellectual interests, who had been installed in the living of ...

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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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Vallancey, Charles (c. 1726–1812), antiquary and military surveyor, was born in Flanders of French Huguenot parents (the name was originally De Vallance) who had moved to Windsor after his father was appointed to the royal service. Educated at Eton College and the recently established ...