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Backhouse, William (1593–1662), alchemist and antiquary, was born on 17 January 1593, probably at Swallowfield, Berkshire, the youngest of the four sons of Samuel Backhouse (d. 1626), landowner, and his wife, Elisabeth (d. 1630), daughter of John Borlase of Little Marlow...

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Harland, John (1806–1868), journalist and antiquary, was born at Hull on 27 May 1806, the eldest child of John Harland and his wife, Mary, the daughter of John Breasley of Selby. He was apprenticed to Messrs Allanson and Sydney, the proprietors of the ...