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Clerk, Sir John, of Penicuik, second baronet (1676–1755), politician and antiquary, was born at Edinburgh on 8 February 1676, the second child and eldest son of Sir John Clerk of Penicuik, first baronet (1649/50–1722), landowner and coal owner, and his first wife, Elizabeth Hendersone...

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Cotton, Sir Robert Bruce, first baronet (1571–1631), antiquary and politician, was born at Denton, Huntingdonshire, on 22 January 1571, and baptized there five days later. He was the eldest son of Thomas Cotton (b. in or before 1544, d. 1592), of Conington, Huntingdonshire...

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Sir Robert Bruce Cotton, first baronet (1571–1631) by unknown artist, 1629 © Copyright The British Museum

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Frederick, Sir Charles (1709–1785), politician and antiquary, was born on 21 December 1709 in Madras, the third son of Sir Thomas Frederick (1681–1730), at that time a member of the council of Fort St George, on the east coast of India, and of ...

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Gray, Charles (bap. 1696, d. 1782), lawyer, politician, and antiquary, was born in Church Street, Colchester, and baptized on 20 September 1696 at St Nicholas's, Colchester, the only son and elder child of George Gray (1677/8–1747), a glazier, and his wife, Elizabeth (...

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John Hooker (c. 1527–1601) by unknown artist, 1601 Exeter City Museums & Art Gallery

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Hooker [Vowell], John (c. 1527–1601), antiquary and civic administrator, was born at Bourbridge Hall, Exeter, the second son of Robert Vowell or Hooker of Exeter (b. in or before 1466, d. 1537) and his third wife, Agnes Doble (1502?–1537) of Woodbridge, Suffolk...

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Leigh, Egerton (1815–1876), antiquary and politician, was born on 17 March 1815 at Broadwell Manor House, Gloucestershire, the only son of Egerton Leigh (1779–1865) of West Hall, High Leigh, Cheshire, and his wife, Wilhelmina Sarah (d. 1849), daughter of George Stratton of ...

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F. G. Kenyon

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Leighton, Stanley (1837–1901), politician and antiquary, was the second son of Sir Baldwin Leighton (1805–1871), of Loton Park, Shropshire, seventh baronet, an authority on economic policy, and his wife, Mary, daughter and eventual heir of Thomas Netherton Parker of Sweeney Hall, Oswestry, the author of several pamphlets on rural economy. He was born at ...

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Major, John Henniker-, second Baron Henniker (1752–1821), politician and antiquary, was born on 19 April 1752, the eldest son of Sir John Henniker (1724–1803), who had continued his father's business in the Russian trade and built up landholdings in co. Wicklow and in ...

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Townshend, George, second Marquess Townshend (1753–1811), antiquary and politician, the eldest son of George Townshend, first marquess (1724–1807), and his first wife, Charlotte Compton, Baroness Ferrers and Compton (d. 1770), was born on 18 April 1753. He was educated at Eton College...

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W. P. Courtney

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West, James (1703–1772), politician and antiquary, was born on 2 May 1703 and baptized on 21 May at St Swithin's, London Stone, the only son of Richard West, of London and Prior's Marston in Warwickshire, and his wife, Mary Russell, of Strensham, Worcestershire...

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Worsley, Sir Richard, seventh baronet (1751–1805), antiquary and politician, was born on 13 February 1751, the son of Sir Thomas Worsley, sixth baronet (1728–1768), of Appuldurcombe, Isle of Wight, and his wife, Elizabeth (1731–1800), daughter of John Boyle, fifth earl of Cork and Orrery...