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Joseph Ritson (1752–1803) by James Sayers, pubd 1803 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Stephanie L. Barczewski

Ritson, Joseph (1752–1803), antiquary, was born on 2 October 1752 at Stockton-on-Tees, co. Durham, the son of Joseph Ritson sen. (d. 1778) and his wife, Jane, née Gibson (d. 1780). Ritson's ancestors were Westmorland peasantry who had lived near Hackthorpe and ...