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Anstis, John (1669–1744), herald and antiquary, was born at St Neot, Cornwall, on 28 or 29 August 1669, the first son of John Anstis (d. 1692), registrar of the archdeaconry of Cornwall, and Mary (1641×52–1669), daughter of George Smith of Lantewy and ...

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Balfour, Sir James, of Denmiln and Kinnaird, first baronet (1603/4–1657), antiquary and herald, was probably born at Denmiln, Fife, the son of Sir Michael Balfour of Denmiln (c.1580–1652), later MP for Fife and comptroller of the household to Charles I, and his wife, ...

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Brown, Rawdon Lubbock (1806–1883), historian and antiquary, was born in London, the son of Hugh William Brown and Anne Elizabeth Lubbock, sister of Sir John Lubbock, bt. He was a boarder at Charterhouse School, 1820–21, and appears to have studied at Oxford; but the record is uncertain until his arrival in ...

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Dugdale, Sir William (1605–1686), antiquary and herald, was born on 12 September 1605 at Shustoke rectory, north Warwickshire, the son of John Dugdale (1552–1624), the rector, a native of Clitheroe, Lancashire, and his wife, Elizabeth Swynfen, from a Staffordshire gentry family. According to ...

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Fleming, David Hay (1849–1931), antiquary and writer on Scottish history, was born at St Andrews on 9 May 1849, the third and youngest son of John Fleming, china and stoneware merchant, of St Andrews, whose ancestors were from Deeside, and his wife, Ann...

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Gilbert, Sir John Thomas (1829–1898), historian and antiquary, was born at 23 Jervis Street, Dublin, on 23 January 1829, the son of John Gilbert (d. 1833), an English protestant of Devon origin, who had established himself in Dublin in the Spanish wine trade, and who for many years held the post of consul at ...

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Ives, John (1751–1776), antiquary and herald, was born at 65 Middlegate Street, Great Yarmouth, on 14 July 1751, son of John Ives (1719–1793), a rich merchant with several houses there and a country residence at Belton in Suffolk, and Mary Hannott (1718–1790), daughter of ...

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Leake, Stephen Martin (1702–1773), herald and numismatist, was born Stephen Martin on 5 April 1702 and baptized at St Dunstan's, Stepney, on 20 April, the only surviving son of Captain Stephen Martin (1666–1736), naval officer, and his wife, Elizabeth (1665/6–1723), younger daughter of ...

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Meyrick, Sir Samuel Rush (1783–1848), antiquary and historian of arms and armour, born on 26 August 1783, was the only surviving son of John Meyrick (d. 1805), FSA, agent, of Great George Street, Westminster, and Peterborough House, Fulham, and of his wife, ...

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Oldys, William (1696–1761), herald and antiquary, was born on 14 July 1696, probably in London, the son of the civil lawyer William Oldys (1636–1708) and his mistress, his cousin Ann Oldys (1671–1711).

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Spelman, Sir Henry (1563/4–1641), historian and antiquary, was born at Congham, near King's Lynn, Norfolk, the eldest son of Henry Spelman (d. 1581) of Congham and his second wife, Frances (d. 1622), daughter of William Saunders of Ewell, Surrey. He was educated at ...

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Warburton, John (1682–1759), herald and antiquary, was born on 26 February 1682 at Bury, Lancashire, the eldest of four sons and eight children, apart from an unnamed infant burial, of Benjamin Warburton (1653–1710) of Elton, in the parish of Bury, and his wife, ...

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Wright, Thomas (1810–1877), historian and antiquary, was born at Tenbury, Worcestershire, on 23 April 1810, the son of Thomas Wright. His father's family came from near Bradford. His paternal grandfather, Thomas Wright, a Wesleyan Methodist, was the author of a satirical poem, 'A Modern Familiar Religious Conversation'...