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Hudson, John (1662–1719), librarian and classical scholar, was born at Wythop, in the parish of Brigham, near Cockermouth, Cumberland, the son of James Hudson. His mother may have been Alice Hudson, whose will was proved in December 1690. No more is known about his family background than that he was educated in grammar by ...

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Ruddiman, Thomas (1674–1757), printer, classical scholar, and librarian, was born in October 1674 at Raggel, in the parish of Boyndie, Banffshire, one of at least three sons of James Ruddiman, a farmer and staunch royalist, and Margaret, daughter of Andrew Simpson, a neighbouring farmer. He excelled in classical studies at ...