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Aldersey, William (1543–1616), merchant and antiquary, was baptized at St Oswald's, Chester, on 15 December 1543, the son of Ralph Aldersey (d. 1555) and Jane Goodman (d. c.1555). He followed in his father's footsteps as a successful merchant ironmonger. He married ...

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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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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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Beveridge, Erskine (1851–1920), textile manufacturer and antiquary, was born on 27 December 1851 at Priory House, Dunfermline, Fife, the eldest of the four children of Erskine Beveridge (1803–1864) and his second wife, Maria Elizabeth Wilson (1816–1873). He was educated at the Free Abbey School, Dunfermline...

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W. P. Courtney

revised by A. S. G. Edwards

Botfield, Beriah (1807–1863), antiquary and industrialist, was born at Earl's Ditton, Shropshire, on 5 March 1807, the eldest son of Beriah Botfield (1768–1813) of Norton Hall, Northamptonshire, and Charlotte, daughter of William Withering MD. Botfield was educated first at Harrow School, where he subsequently established a medal for the encouragement of foreign languages, and then privately. He matriculated at ...

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Thompson Cooper

revised by D. G. C. Allan

Brander, Gustavus (1719/20–1787), merchant and antiquary, was born in either London or Sweden, and was the son of Charles Brander (1681–1745) and his wife, Margaret (1687–1757). The family was of Swedish descent. Gustavus was trained in the Scandinavian trade, which he carried on with great success in the ...

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Carter, John Waynflete (1905–1975), bibliographer and antiquarian bookseller, was born at 6 High Street, Eton, on 10 May 1905, the eldest of two sons and two daughters of Thomas Buchanan Carter, an architect but later an Eton master and in Anglican orders, and his wife, ...

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H. R. Tedder

revised by Francis Russell

Christie, James (1773–1831), antiquary and auctioneer, eldest son of James Christie (1730–1803), was born in Pall Mall in 1773. He was educated at Eton College and was intended for the church, but joined the family firm and directed it after his father's death in 1803. In addition to an active life as an auctioneer, ...

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W. P. Courtney

revised by John Martin

Croft, John (1732–1820), wine merchant and antiquary, was born on 29 February 1732 at Stillington, Yorkshire, the fifth son of Stephen Croft (1683–1733) and Elizabeth (d. 1771), daughter of Sir Edmund Anderson, fourth baronet (bap. 1629, d. 1703). The Crofts were part of a long-established, aristocratic, wealthy landowning ...

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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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Sir John Evans (1823–1908) by John H. Pinches, 1887 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Evans, Sir John (1823–1908), archaeologist, numismatist, and paper manufacturer, was born on 17 November 1823 at Britwell Court, Burnham, Buckinghamshire, the second son of the Revd Arthur Benoni Evans (1781–1854), schoolmaster, cleric, and author, and his wife, Anne (1791–1883), daughter of Captain Thomas Dickinson RN (1754–1828)...

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Hinton, Henry (bap. 1749, d. 1816), ironmonger and antiquary, was baptized on 28 May 1749 at Kingston Bagpuize, Berkshire, the fourth child and first surviving son of John Hinton (d. 1756) and his wife, Rebecca. He was apprenticed to an Oxford ironmonger, and took over his late master's shop in ...

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Merrey, Walter (bap. 1723, d. 1799), hosier and numismatist, was baptized on 15 December 1723 at the church of St Martin's-le-Grand, Coney Street, York, the son of Samuel Merrey and his wife, Mary Knapton. According to the Nottingham historian John Blackner (1815), Merrey...

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Thomas Miller (1731–1804) by Edward Scriven (after Henry Edridge) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Miller, Thomas (1731–1804), bookseller and antiquary, was born at Norwich on 14 August 1731, and was baptized on 5 September in St Peter Mancroft Church, the elder son of Thomas Miller (d. 1764) and his first wife, Elizabeth Bacon (d. 1756)...

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Milles, Thomas (c. 1550–1626?), customs official and antiquary, was born in Ashford, Kent, the son of Richard Milles of Ashford and his first wife, Johanna, daughter of Thomas Glover of Ashford and sister of Robert Glover (1543/4–1588), Somerset herald. Having received a '...

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Muilman, Peter (1705?–1790), antiquary and merchant, was born in Amsterdam, the third of five sons of the merchant Pieter Schout Muilman and his wife, Maria Meulenaer. His own statements and his memorial inscription in Debden church, Essex, give different accounts of his age, and hence of his date of birth, but December 1705 appears the most likely date. In 1722 he joined his elder brother ...