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Charite, William (1422–c. 1502), compiler of monastic records and prior of Leicester, embraced the religious life at the age of eighteen, in 1440 entering the large Augustinian abbey of St Mary de Pratis in Leicester, where he was subsequently to become prior. By 1482, when the abbot and convent ordained an episcopal daily service in his honour, ...

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Cok [Coke], John (c. 1393–c. 1468), Augustinian canon and compiler of the cartulary of St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, came of unknown parentage. Autobiographical interjections in his writings provide most information on his life and work, the main source being the cartulary, in which he states that it was '...

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Pyncebeke [Pyncebeck, Pinchbeck], Walter (fl. 1330–1339), Benedictine monk and archivist, presumably came from Pinchbeck in Lincolnshire. Nothing is known about his early career in Bury St Edmunds Abbey. However, on 2 July 1330 Edward III confirmed the abbey's liberties at his suit. He appears as a visiting monk in the accounts of the chamberlain's manor of ...

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Joseph Stevenson (1806–1895) by Charles Matthew, c. 1889 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Stevenson, Joseph (1806–1895), historian, archivist, and Church of England clergyman, was born on 27 November 1806 at Berwick upon Tweed, the eldest son of Robert Stevenson, surgeon, and his wife, Elizabeth Wilson. He had two sisters. After his first schooling at Witton-le-Wear he entered the grammar school attached to ...

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Swalwell, Thomas (d. 1539), Benedictine monk and archivist, became a monk of Durham Cathedral priory about 1483. In 1486 he is recorded as a scholar at Durham College, Oxford, where he qualified as a doctor in theology in 1503. His notes for lectures on ...

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William Barclay David Donald Turnbull (1811–1863) by James Archer Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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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...