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Aubrey, John (1626–1697), antiquary and biographer, was born on 12 March 1626 at Easton Pierse near Kington St Michael in north Wiltshire, the eldest of the three surviving sons of Richard Aubrey (1603–1652), who owned estates at Burleton in Herefordshire and at Broad Chalke...

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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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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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Thompson Cooper

Reviser John D. Pickles

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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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...

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W. A. Greenhill

Reviser John D. Haigh

Ingram, James (1774–1850), Old English scholar and antiquary, son of John Ingram (1713/14–1785) and Elizabeth (1734/5–1814), his wife, was born on 21 December 1774 at Codford St Mary, near Salisbury, where his family had owned property for several generations. He was sent to ...

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Johnson, John de Monins (1882–1956), printer, ephemerist, and classical scholar, was born on 17 May 1882 at Kirmington, Lincolnshire, the second son and third child of the vicar, the Revd John Henry Johnson (1841–1938), and his wife, Anna Braithwaite, née Savory (1846–1928). He was educated at ...

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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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Mores, Edward Rowe (1730–1778), antiquary and historian of printing, was born on 13 January 1730 in Tunstall, Kent, the son of the Revd Edward Mores (d. 1740), rector of Tunstall, and Sarah Windsor, of London. He was a descendant of two lord mayors of ...

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Phillipps, James Orchard Halliwell- (1820–1889), antiquary and literary scholar, was born on 21 June 1820 at 94 Sloane Street, Chelsea, the sixth of the seven children of Thomas Halliwell (1777–1849), a prosperous linen draper from Chorley, Lancashire, and his wife, Charlotte Ann (1789–1849)...

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Somner, William (bap. 1598, d. 1669), antiquary and Anglo-Saxon scholar, was baptized on 5 November 1598 at St Margaret's, Canterbury, one of three sons of William Somner, registrar of the court of Canterbury, and his wife, Anne Winston. His widow and son believed his birth date to be 30 March 1606 (...

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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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Weever, John (1575/6–1632), poet and antiquary, was born in Preston, Lancashire, to 'poor but religious parents', and received an excellent education 'by the care of his uncle Thomas' (Whittle, 198). This may have been Thomas Langton, from whom Weever later wrote that he had 'received many favours' (...