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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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Dee, John (1527–1609), mathematician, astrologer, and antiquary, was born on 13 July 1527 in London, the only child of Rowland Dee and his wife, Joan or Joanna (1508/9–1580), daughter of William Wild.

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Englefield, Sir Henry Charles, seventh baronet (c. 1752–1822), antiquary and writer on science, was the eldest of the five children of Sir Henry Englefield, sixth baronet (1715–1780), landowner, and his second wife, Catharine Buck (1725–1805), daughter of Sir Charles Buck, third baronet. A member of a long-established family of Catholic gentry, he is said to have been educated at one of the English Catholic colleges abroad. He succeeded his father as the seventh baronet in 1780, but moved from the family home at ...

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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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Kyle, James Francis (1788–1869), vicar apostolic of the northern district of Scotland and historical collector, was born at Quarryholes, near Abbeyhill, in Edinburgh, on 22 September 1788, the eldest son of the four children of James Kyle (d. 1799), commissioner of roads and bridges for the ...

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Lumley, John, first Baron Lumley (c. 1533–1609), collector and conspirator, was the only son of George Lumley (d. 1537) [see under Lumley, John, fifth Baron Lumley 1492, 1545], conspirator, of Thwing, East Riding of Yorkshire, and his wife, Jane (d...

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O'Conor, Charles (1710–1791), antiquary and religious propagandist, was born on 1 January 1710 at Kilmactranny, co. Sligo, Ireland, the eldest son of Denis O'Conor (d. 1750), farmer, and Mary O'Rourke (d. 1760?), daughter of Tiernan O'Rourke, a colonel in the French army who was killed in the battle of ...

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Townley, Charles (1737–1805), collector of antiquities, was born on 1 October 1737 at Towneley Hall, near Burnley, Lancashire, the eldest in the family of three sons and a younger daughter of William Towneley (1714–1742) and his wife, Cecilia (1714–1777), the fifth daughter and eventual heir of ...

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Turnbull, William Barclay David Donald (1811–1863), archivist and antiquary, was born on 6 February 1811 in St James's Square, Edinburgh, the only child of Walter Turnbull (d. 1819), armiger, from Hanover in Jamaica and later of Leven Lodge, near Edinburgh, and Torryburn, Fife...

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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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White, Richard (1539–1611), antiquary and jurist, was born in Basingstoke in 1539, the son of Henry White, who died at the siege of Boulogne in 1544, and of his wife, Agnes, daughter of Richard Capelin of Southampton. In 1553 White entered Winchester College...