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H. R. Tedder

revised by C. M. Fraser

Adamson, John (1787–1855), antiquary and Portuguese scholar, the last surviving son of Lieutenant Cuthbert Adamson RN and his second wife, Mary Huthwaite, was born on 13 September 1787 at his father's house in Gateshead. After education at the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle upon Tyne...

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T. F. T. Dyer

revised by J. A. Marchand

Aufrere, Anthony (1756–1833), translator and antiquary in Europe, was the eldest son of Anthony Aufrere (1730–1814), landowner and magistrate, of Hoveton Hall, Norfolk, and Anna (1735–1816), the only daughter of John Norris (d. 1734), of Witton, Norfolk, and Anna Carthew. His mother was the sister of ...

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Boys, John (bap. 1621, d. 1661), translator and antiquary, was baptized on 14 November 1621 at St Mary Northgate, Canterbury, the only son of John Boys (1590–1640) of Hoad Court, Blean, Kent, and Mary (or Margaret), daughter of Martin Fotherby, bishop of Salisbury...

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James Ingram (1774–1850) by Thomas Clement Thompson, in or after 1863 The President and Fellows of Trinity College, Oxford

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W. A. Greenhill

revised by John D. Haigh

Ingram, James (1774–1850), Old English scholar and antiquary, son of John Ingram (1713/14–1785) and Elizabeth (1734/5–1814), his wife, was born on 21 December 1774 at Codford St Mary, near Salisbury, where his family had owned property for several generations. He was sent to ...

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Kennett, Basil (1674–1715), antiquary and translator, was born at Postling, Kent, on 21 October 1674, the son of Basil Kennett (d. 1686), vicar of Postling and rector of Dymchurch, and his wife, Mary White. He was educated by his elder brother White Kennett (1660–1728)...

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Lynegar, Charles [Cormac Ó Luinín] (fl. 1708–1731), Irish-language scholar and antiquary, was probably born in co. Fermanagh, Ireland, the son of Matha Bán Ó Luinín. The self-styled (ardollamh Éireann'chief master of bardic learning in Ireland'), he belonged to the last generation of (...

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Somner, William (bap. 1598, d. 1669), antiquary and Anglo-Saxon scholar, was baptized on 5 November 1598 at St Margaret's, Canterbury, one of three sons of William Somner, registrar of the court of Canterbury, and his wife, Anne Winston. His widow and son believed his birth date to be 30 March 1606 (...

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William Somner (bap. 1598, d. 1669) by Michael Burghers, pubd 1693 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Stevens, John (c. 1662–1726), translator and antiquary, was born in London, the son of Richard Stevens, page of the backstairs to Queen Catherine of Braganza. In view of his later statement that he was brought up to speak Spanish from infancy, and given that his father had earlier served the ...

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Tonkin, Thomas (bap. 1678, d. 1741/2), antiquary and Cornish scholar, was born at Trevaunance, St Agnes, Cornwall, and baptized in the parish church there on 26 September 1678, the eldest son of Hugh Tonkin (1652–1711), landowner, and his first wife, Frances (1662–1691), daughter of ...

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D. L. Thomas

revised by Beti Jones

Williams, Robert (1810–1881), Celtic scholar and antiquary, was born at Conwy, Caernarvonshire, on 29 June 1810, the second son of Robert Williams, perpetual curate of Llandudno. He attended Beaumaris and Shrewsbury schools, before matriculating as servitor on 10 June 1828 from Christ Church, Oxford...