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Dunsford, Martin (1744–1807), serge maker and antiquary, was born on 2 February 1744 in Tiverton, Devon, the eldest son of Martin Dunsford (1711–1763), serge maker, and his wife, Anne Stone (d. 1798). He was taught at home by his father until he was eight, when he was sent to ...

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Knight, Samuel (1677/8–1746), Church of England clergyman and antiquary, was born in London, the son of John Knight, a freeman of the Mercers' Company. William Cole claimed that Knight was brought up a dissenter. He was educated at St Paul's School and entered ...

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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 ...