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Samuel Ayscough (1745–1804) by James Basire, pubd 1804 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ayscough, Samuel (1745–1804), librarian and antiquary, was born in Nottingham and baptized at St Peter's, Nottingham, on 29 November 1745, the only son of George Ayscough (1721/2–1783), printer, and his second wife, Edith Wigley. His grandfather, William Ayscough, was a stationer and printer in ...

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Andrew Coltée Ducarel (1713–1785) by Francis Perry, pubd 1757 (after Andrea Soldi, 1746) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ducarel, Andrew Coltée (1713–1785), librarian and antiquary, was born on 9 June 1713 in Paris, the eldest of three sons of Jacques Coltée Ducarel (1680–1718), banker, merchant, and sieur de Muids, and his wife, Jeanne Crommelin (1690–1723), daughter of André Crommelin and his wife, ...

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Herbert, William [formerly William Herbert Wilderspin] (1772–1851), antiquary and librarian, was born William Herbert Wilderspin on 18 May 1772 at Worship Street, Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London, the only son of John Wilderspin (c.1717–1781), clockmaker and smith, and his third wife, ...

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Lewis, Samuel Savage (1836–1891), librarian and antiquary, was born at Spital Square, London, on 13 July 1836. His father, William Jonas Lewis, youngest son of George Lewis (1763–1822), was a surgeon, and his mother, Elizabeth Bunnell, was descended from Philip Henry (1631–1696). Bunnel Lewis...

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Sir Frederic Madden (1801–1873) by Richard Cockle Lucas, 1849 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Madden, Sir Frederic (1801–1873), palaeographer and librarian, was born at 31 St Thomas's Street, Portsmouth, on 16 February 1801, the eleventh of the thirteen children of Captain William John Madden (1757–1833), Royal Marines, and Sarah Carter Madden (1759–1833), daughter of the Revd Arnold Carter...

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Madden, Frederic William (1839–1904), numismatist and librarian, was born on 9 April 1839 at the British Museum, the eldest of the six children of Sir Frederic Madden (1801–1873), antiquary and palaeographer, and his second wife, Emily Sarah (1813–1873), daughter of Dr William Robinson (1777–1848)...

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Sir Edward Maunde Thompson (1840–1929) by Bassano, 1899 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Thompson, Sir Edward Maunde (1840–1929), palaeographer and librarian, was born on 4 May 1840 at Clarendon, Jamaica, the eldest son of Edward Thompson, custos of Clarendon, and Elizabeth Hayhurst, daughter of Samuel Poole, of Clarendon. He was educated at Rugby School (1854–9) and was admitted to ...

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Margaret Clunies Ross and Amanda J. Collins

Wise, Francis (1695–1767), librarian and antiquary, was born in All Saints' parish, Oxford, on 3 June 1695, the eldest son of the eight children of Francis Wise (d. 1713), mercer, and Ann Wilmott. He was educated at New College School, Oxford, and admitted commoner of ...