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John Aubrey (1626–1697) by William Faithorne the elder, 1666 Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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Aubrey, John (1626–1697), antiquary and biographer, was born on 12 March 1626 at Easton Pierse near Kington St Michael in north Wiltshire, the eldest of the three surviving sons of Richard Aubrey (1603–1652), who owned estates at Burleton in Herefordshire and at Broad Chalke...

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Gordon Goodwin

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Chambers, John (1780–1839), biographer and antiquary, was born in London in March 1780. After receiving a good preliminary education he was placed in the office of an architect, but having inherited an ample fortune on the death of his father, he determined to devote himself to the cultivation of art and literature as an amateur. In 1806 he became a member of the ...

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Charles Henry Cooper (1808–1866) by E. Monson, 1859 Cambridgeshire Collection, Cambridge Central Library

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Cooper, Charles Henry (1808–1866), biographer and antiquary, was born at Great Marlow, Buckinghamshire, on 20 March 1808, the eldest of the ten children of Basil Henry Cooper (1783–1823), solicitor, and Harriet (1787–1860), daughter of Charles Shoppee of Uxbridge. He was educated at home until he reached his seventh year, when he was sent to a school kept by a ...

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D'Ewes, Sir Simonds, first baronet (1602–1650), diarist and antiquary, was the eldest son of Paul Dewes (1567–1631) [see under Dewes, Garrat], barrister and government official, of Wells Hall, Milden, Suffolk, and his first wife, Sissilia (c.1581–1618), daughter and heir of another ...

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Thomas Hearne (bap. 1678, d. 1735) by George Vertue, 1723 (after Peter Tillemans) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hearne, Thomas (bap. 1678, d. 1735), antiquary and diarist, was born in Little Field Green in the parish of White Waltham, Berkshire, where he was baptized on 11 July 1678. He was the second son of George Hearne (1648–1723), parish clerk of White Waltham...

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Gordon Goodwin

revised by Adam I. P. Smith

Noble, Mark (bap. 1754, d. 1827), biographer and antiquary, was born in Digbeth, Birmingham, the third surviving son of William Heatley Noble. He was baptized on 13 September 1754 at St Mark's Church, Birmingham. His father was a businessman much of whose fortune came from selling consumer goods to traders who would use them to barter for slaves in ...

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Skinner, John (1772–1839), diarist and antiquary, was born at the Old Hall, Claverton, near Bath, the son of Russell Skinner of Newtown House, Lymington, and Claverton House, near Bath, and his wife, Mary Page. He was educated at Cheam School and at Trinity College, Oxford...

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Smyth, John (1567–1641), antiquary and parliamentary diarist, was the son of Thomas Smyth (d. in or before 1594) of Hoby, Leicestershire, and his wife, Joan Alan. Educated first at the free school in Derby, in 1584 he left in order to attend on ...

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Ward, John (1678/9–1758), antiquary and biographer, was born in London, one of the fourteen children of John Ward (1635–1717), a Baptist minister originally from Tysoe, Warwickshire, and his wife, Constancy Rayner (d. 1697), a lady of acknowledged piety. John and his sister ...