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Anderson, James (1662–1728), historiographer and antiquary, was born in Edinburgh on 5 August 1662, the son of Patrick Anderson (c.1627–1690) and his wife, Margaret Threipland. His father was the Presbyterian minister of Walston in Lanarkshire, and was imprisoned on the Bass Rock...

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John Anstis (1669–1744) attrib. Thomas Hudson The College of Arms

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Anstis, John (1669–1744), herald and antiquary, was born at St Neot, Cornwall, on 28 or 29 August 1669, the first son of John Anstis (d. 1692), registrar of the archdeaconry of Cornwall, and Mary (1641×52–1669), daughter of George Smith of Lantewy and ...

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Sir James Balfour of Denmiln and Kinnaird, first baronet (1600–1657) by unknown artist Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Balfour, Sir James, of Denmiln and Kinnaird, first baronet (1603/4–1657), antiquary and herald, was probably born at Denmiln, Fife, the son of Sir Michael Balfour of Denmiln (c.1580–1652), later MP for Fife and comptroller of the household to Charles I, and his wife, ...

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T. F. Henderson

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Barkham, John (1571/2–1642), antiquary and historian, was born in the parish of St Mary-the-Moor, Exeter, the eldest son of Lawrence Barkham of St Leonard's, Devon, and his wife, Joan, daughter of Edward Bridgman of Exeter. Having matriculated aged fifteen at Exeter College, Oxford...

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Bedford, William Kirkpatrick Riland (1826–1905), antiquary and genealogist, born at Sutton Coldfield rectory on 12 July 1826, was the eldest of five sons of William Riland Bedford (1794/5–1843), rector of Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire, and his wife, Grace Campbell, daughter of Charles Sharpe of ...

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W. P. Courtney

revised by J. R. Maddicott

Boase, Charles William (1828–1895), historian and antiquary, born in Chapel Street, Penzance, on 6 July 1828, was the eldest child of John Josias Arthur Boase JP (1801–1896) and Charlotte (1802–1873), second daughter of Robert Sholl of Truro, who had married at St Clement...

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Bolton [Boulton], Edmund Mary (b. 1574/5, d. in or after 1634), antiquary and historian, was born in 1574 or 1575, according to an impress in his own hand styled 'Edmundus Maria Boltonus, aetatis 47, 1622' (BL, MS Harl. 6521, fol. 152...

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Borough, Sir John (d. 1643), antiquary and herald, was the son of John Borough of Sandwich, Kent, and his wife, a daughter of Robert Denne of Dennehill, Kent, who inherited land in The Hague. His grandfather William Borough was apparently married to a Dutchwoman, and his father was described by contemporaries as a Dutch gardener or brewer. He should not be confused with ...

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Brooke, John Charles (1748–1794), herald and antiquary, was born on 27 August 1748 at Fieldhead, in the parish of Silkstone, Yorkshire, the younger son of William Brooke (1706–1755), and his wife, Alice (b. 1718), eldest daughter and coheir of William Mawhood, sometime mayor and alderman of ...

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Brown, Rawdon Lubbock (1806–1883), historian and antiquary, was born in London, the son of Hugh William Brown and Anne Elizabeth Lubbock, sister of Sir John Lubbock, bt. He was a boarder at Charterhouse School, 1820–21, and appears to have studied at Oxford; but the record is uncertain until his arrival in ...

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Rawdon Lubbock Brown (1806–1883) by G. & L. Fratelli Vianelli, 1883 Archivio di Stato, Venice

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Carthew, George Alfred (1807–1882), antiquary and genealogist, was born at Harleston, Norfolk, on 20 June 1807 and baptized privately at Redenhall church the same day. He was the eldest of three sons of George Carthew (bap. 1777, d. 1861), solicitor, of Harleston...

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Dethick, Sir William (1543–1612), herald and antiquary, was the second son of Sir Gilbert Dethick (1499/1500–1584) and Alice Peterson (d. 1572). The Latin poet Henry Dethick was a younger brother. He was educated at St John's College, Cambridge, and was later a member of ...

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Dugdale, Sir William (1605–1686), antiquary and herald, was born on 12 September 1605 at Shustoke rectory, north Warwickshire, the son of John Dugdale (1552–1624), the rector, a native of Clitheroe, Lancashire, and his wife, Elizabeth Swynfen, from a Staffordshire gentry family. According to ...

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Sir William Dugdale (1605–1686) by Wenceslaus Hollar, pubd 1656 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Fairfax, Charles (1597–1673), antiquary and genealogist, was born at Denton Hall in the parish of Otley in the West Riding of Yorkshire on 5 March 1597, the seventh and third surviving son of Thomas Fairfax, first Lord Fairfax of Cameron (1560–1640), and his wife, ...

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Fleming, David Hay (1849–1931), antiquary and writer on Scottish history, was born at St Andrews on 9 May 1849, the third and youngest son of John Fleming, china and stoneware merchant, of St Andrews, whose ancestors were from Deeside, and his wife, Ann...

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David Hay Fleming (1849–1931) by Andrew Swan Watson, 1925 © National Portrait Gallery, London