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William Beard (1772–1868) by Samuel Griffiths Tovey, c. 1828–9 © Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

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Beard, William (1772–1868), tourist guide and collector of bones, was born on 24 April 1772 at Woolvershill, Banwell, Somerset, the eldest of the eight children of John Beard (1738–1801), a farmer, and his second wife, Ann Poole (1760–1833). He was educated by John Tuckey...

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Henry Salt (1780–1827) by unknown engraver (after John James Halls) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Salt, Henry (1780–1827), traveller and collector of antiquities, was born at Lichfield, Staffordshire, on 14 June 1780, the youngest of the eight children of a Lichfield surgeon, Thomas Salt, and his wife, Alice, née Butt. He was educated at schools in Lichfield and ...