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Anderson, James (1662–1728), historiographer and antiquary, was born in Edinburgh on 5 August 1662, the son of Patrick Anderson (c.1627–1690) and his wife, Margaret Threipland. His father was the Presbyterian minister of Walston in Lanarkshire, and was imprisoned on the Bass Rock...

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T. F. Henderson

revised by D. R. Woolf

Barkham, John (1571/2–1642), antiquary and historian, was born in the parish of St Mary-the-Moor, Exeter, the eldest son of Lawrence Barkham of St Leonard's, Devon, and his wife, Joan, daughter of Edward Bridgman of Exeter. Having matriculated aged fifteen at Exeter College, Oxford...

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W. P. Courtney

revised by J. R. Maddicott

Boase, Charles William (1828–1895), historian and antiquary, born in Chapel Street, Penzance, on 6 July 1828, was the eldest child of John Josias Arthur Boase JP (1801–1896) and Charlotte (1802–1873), second daughter of Robert Sholl of Truro, who had married at St Clement...

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Bolton [Boulton], Edmund Mary (b. 1574/5, d. in or after 1634), antiquary and historian, was born in 1574 or 1575, according to an impress in his own hand styled 'Edmundus Maria Boltonus, aetatis 47, 1622' (BL, MS Harl. 6521, fol. 152...

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Sir John Thomas Gilbert (1829–1898) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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C. L. Falkiner

revised by Colm Lennon

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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Joyce, Patrick Weston (1827–1914), educationist and antiquarian, was born at Ballyorgan on the northern side of the Ballyhoura Hills in the barony of Coshlea in the south-east of co. Limerick, Ireland. He was one of eight male children of Garrett Joyce (b...

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Madox, Thomas (1666–1727), antiquary and historian, is of unknown origins, although D. C. Douglas suggests that his mother may have been a dissenter. Information is also scarce concerning his early life and education. He appears never to have attended a university, though he later visited ...

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Sir Samuel Rush Meyrick (1783–1848) by unknown engraver © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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 (1752–1805), FSA, agent, of Great George Street, Westminster, and Peterborough House, Fulham, and of his wife, Hannah (1744–1832)...

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Page, William (1861–1934), historian and antiquary, was born on 4 September 1861 at 26 Norfolk Square, Paddington, London, the third son and fifth and last child of Henry Page (1811–1874), merchant, and his wife, Georgiana (Georgina) Forrester (b. c.1823). He was baptized on 16 October 1861 at ...

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S. V. Fitz-Gerald

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Smith, Vincent Arthur (1848–1920), historian of India and antiquary, was born in Dublin on 3 June 1848, the fifth of the thirteen children of the Irish antiquary Aquilla Smith (1806–1890), and his wife, Esther, née Faucett, a first cousin to Aquilla. He studied at ...

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Sir Henry Spelman (1563/44–1641) after Cornelius Johnson, 1628? © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Strecche, John (fl. 1407–1425), Augustinian canon, historian, and antiquary, of St Mary's Priory, Kenilworth, was in 1407 presented to the custody of the cellula of Broke in Rutland, a cell of Kenilworth. He resigned this office in 1425 and returned to his mother house. He was a compiler and copier of texts as well as author of a chronicle and of other texts, and two volumes survive that were probably compiled by him. BL, Add. MS 38665 contains five Latin works in his hand, and he was probably author of three of them: verses against the Augustinian friars; a ...

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Tovey, D'blossiers [Bloshier] (1692–1745), historian and antiquary, son of John Tovey, a citizen and apothecary of London, was born in the parish of St Martin-in-the-Fields on 1 March 1692. He matriculated from Queen's College, Oxford, on 12 March 1709, and graduated BA in 1712. He was elected fellow of ...

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Trussell, John (bap. 1575, d. 1648), antiquary and historian, was baptized on 19 January 1575 at St Dunstan-in-the-West, London, the third child and elder son of Henry Trussell (c.1545–1612/13), attorney, and his wife, Sarah (bap. 1550, d. 1613), daughter of ...

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Ware, Sir James (1594–1666), antiquary and historian, was born on 26 November 1594 in Castle Street, Dublin, the eldest son of Sir James Ware (d. 1632), and his wife, Mary Briden. His father had gone to Ireland as secretary to Sir William FitzWilliam...

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Thomas Wright (1810–1877) by D. J. Pound, pubd 1859 (after Maull & Polyblank) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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'...