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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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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 ...