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Byres, James, of Tonley (1734–1817), antiquary and architect, was born on 7 May 1734 at Tonley, his family's estate in the parish of Tough, Aberdeenshire; he was the first of the seven children of Patrick Byres (b. 1713), laird of Tonley, and of his wife, ...

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Crace, Frederick (1779–1859), interior decorator and collector of maps and prints, was born on 3 June 1779 at Park Row, Greenwich, the eldest son of John Crace (1753–1819) [see under Crace family (per. c. 1725-c. 1900)], interior decorator and cabinet-maker, and his second wife, ...

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Fitzwilliam, Richard, seventh Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion (1745–1816), benefactor and musical antiquary, was born on 1 August 1745 at Richmond, Surrey, the eldest son of Richard Fitzwilliam, sixth Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion (d. 1776), and Catherine (c.1710–1786), eldest daughter and coheir of the Dutch-born merchant and political economist ...

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Franks, Sir (Augustus) Wollaston (1826–1897), collector and museum keeper, was born at Geneva on 20 March 1826, the eldest of six children (two sons and four daughters) of Frederick Franks (1793/4–1844), naval officer, and his second wife, Frederica Anne (d. 1864), daughter of ...

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Greene, Richard (1716–1793), antiquary and museum proprietor, was born at Lichfield and may have been educated at its grammar school; there is no record of his attendance at university. His brother, the Revd Joseph Greene (1712–1790), was headmaster of Stratford upon Avon grammar school...

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Hare, Henry, second Baron Coleraine (bap. 1636, d. 1708), antiquary and architect, was baptized on 21 April 1636 at Totteridge, Hertfordshire, the eldest son of Hugh Hare, first Baron Coleraine (1605/6–1667), and his wife, Lady Lucy (d. 1682), daughter of Henry Montagu, ...

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Kerrich, Thomas (1748–1828), artist and antiquary, was born at the vicarage, Dersingham, Norfolk, on 4 February 1748, the only son of Samuel Kerrich (1696–1768), vicar of Dersingham and rector of Wolferton and West Newton, Norfolk, and his second wife, Barbara (1706–1762), elder daughter of ...

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Landseer, John George (1762/3–1852), engraver and antiquary, was born in Lincoln. Little is known of his childhood or family except that his father was a jeweller and that, at some point during his youth, the family moved to London, where Landseer was apprenticed to ...

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Mayer, Joseph (1803–1886), collector of antiquities and works of art, was born on 23 February 1803 at Thistlebury House, Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire, fourth son and the sixth of eleven children of Samuel Mayer (1767–1838), tanner, currier, and mayor of Newcastle under Lyme...

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Musgrave, Sir William, sixth baronet (1735–1800), administrator, print collector, and antiquary, was born on 8 October 1735 at Hayton Castle, Cumberland, the sixth of the seven children of Sir Richard Musgrave, fourth baronet (c. 1701–1739), and his wife, Anne, née Hylton (1697–1766)...

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Papworth, Wyatt Angelicus van Sandau (1822–1894), architect and antiquary, was born in Highgate, Middlesex, on 23 January 1822, one of three children and the younger son of the architect John Buonarroti Papworth (1775–1847) and his second wife, Mary Anne Say, eldest daughter of ...

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Perrins, (Charles William) Dyson (1864–1958), book and porcelain collector and benefactor, was born in the parish of Claines, near Worcester, on 25 May 1864, the only son of James Dyson Perrins (1823–1887) and his wife and cousin, Frances Sarah (d. 1918), daughter of ...

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Picton, Sir James Allanson (1805–1889), antiquary and architect, the son of William Pickton, a joiner and timber merchant, was born in Highfield Street, Liverpool, on 2 December 1805. After an elementary education at Richard Prior's school, Church Lane, St Peter's, Liverpool, he entered his father's business at the age of thirteen. A few years later he joined the office of ...

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Ritson, Joseph (1752–1803), antiquary, was born on 2 October 1752 at Stockton-on-Tees, co. Durham, the son of Joseph Ritson sen. (d. 1778) and his wife, Jane, née Gibson (d. 1780). Ritson's ancestors were Westmorland peasantry who had lived near Hackthorpe and ...

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Sowerby, James (1757–1822), natural history artist, publisher, and collector, was born on 21 March 1757, at 2 Bolt-in-Tun Passage, Fleet Street, London, the son of John Sowerby (1719–1766), a lapidary, and his wife, Arabella Goodreed (1725–1782). He was educated at a day school, where he often made models during his lessons that he could sell. When he was fourteen friends provided ...

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Townshend, Chauncy Hare (1798–1868), poet and collector, was born on 20 April 1798, the only son (he had a younger sister) of Henry Hare Townsend (1765?–1827) of Busbridge Hall, Godalming, and Walpole, Norfolk, and his wife, Charlotte Winter Lake (c.1770–1831), daughter of ...

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Vertue, George (1684–1756), engraver and antiquary, was born in the parish of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, on 17 November 1684, the eldest child of Roman Catholic parents, James Vertue (d. 1711) and Mary Carter (c.1663–1743). His mother had been a servant in the household of the ...

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Wilkins, William (1778–1839), architect and antiquary, was born on 31 August 1778 in the parish of St Giles, Norwich, the son of William Wilkins (1747/8-1815), a successful building contractor in East Anglia who in 1780 moved the family to Cambridge and became agent to ...