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John Anstis (1669–1744) attrib. Thomas Hudson The College of Arms

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Anstis, John (1669–1744), herald and antiquary, was born at St Neot, Cornwall, on 28 or 29 August 1669, the first son of John Anstis (d. 1692), registrar of the archdeaconry of Cornwall, and Mary (1641×52–1669), daughter of George Smith of Lantewy and ...

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Sir James Balfour of Denmiln and Kinnaird, first baronet (1600–1657) by unknown artist Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Balfour, Sir James, of Denmiln and Kinnaird, first baronet (1603/4–1657), antiquary and herald, was probably born at Denmiln, Fife, the son of Sir Michael Balfour of Denmiln (c.1580–1652), later MP for Fife and comptroller of the household to Charles I, and his wife, ...

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Borough, Sir John (d. 1643), antiquary and herald, was the son of John Borough of Sandwich, Kent, and his wife, a daughter of Robert Denne of Dennehill, Kent, who inherited land in The Hague. His grandfather William Borough was apparently married to a Dutchwoman, and his father was described by contemporaries as a Dutch gardener or brewer. He should not be confused with ...

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Brooke, John Charles (1748–1794), herald and antiquary, was born on 27 August 1748 at Fieldhead, in the parish of Silkstone, Yorkshire, the younger son of William Brooke (1706–1755), and his wife, Alice (b. 1718), eldest daughter and coheir of William Mawhood, sometime mayor and alderman of ...

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Dethick, Sir William (1543–1612), herald and antiquary, was the second son of Sir Gilbert Dethick (1499/1500–1584) and Alice Peterson (d. 1572). The Latin poet Henry Dethick was a younger brother. He was educated at St John's College, Cambridge, and was later a member of ...

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Dugdale, Sir William (1605–1686), antiquary and herald, was born on 12 September 1605 at Shustoke rectory, north Warwickshire, the son of John Dugdale (1552–1624), the rector, a native of Clitheroe, Lancashire, and his wife, Elizabeth Swynfen, from a Staffordshire gentry family. According to ...

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Sir William Dugdale (1605–1686) by Wenceslaus Hollar, pubd 1656 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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John Ives (1751–1776) by Peter Spendelowe Lamborn, pubd 1822 (after J. S.) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ives, John (1751–1776), antiquary and herald, was born at 65 Middlegate Street, Great Yarmouth, on 14 July 1751, son of John Ives (1719–1793), a rich merchant with several houses there and a country residence at Belton in Suffolk, and Mary Hannott (1718–1790), daughter of ...

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Le Neve, Peter (1661–1729), herald and antiquary, was born on 21 January 1661 in London, and baptized at St Michael, Cornhill, on the following day. He was the second of the eight children (and the elder of the two who survived, both sons) of ...

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Stephen Martin Leake (1702–1773) by Thomas Milton, pubd 1803 (after Robert Edge Pine) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Leake, Stephen Martin (1702–1773), herald and numismatist, was born Stephen Martin on 5 April 1702 and baptized at St Dunstan's, Stepney, on 20 April, the only surviving son of Captain Stephen Martin (1666–1736), naval officer, and his wife, Elizabeth (1665/6–1723), younger daughter of ...

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Oldys, William (1696–1761), herald and antiquary, was born on 14 July 1696, probably in London, the son of the civil lawyer William Oldys (1636–1708) and his mistress, his cousin Ann Oldys (1671–1711).

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William Oldys (1696–1761) by E. Balston, pubd 1795 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Thynne, Francis (1545?–1608), herald and antiquary, came of a family which also sometimes used the name Boteville, claiming descent in the early seventeenth century from a Ralph Botevile of Church Stretton, Shropshire. The only son of William Thynne, the editor of Chaucer...

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Vincent, Augustine (c. 1584–1626), herald and antiquary, was born presumably at Wellingborough or Finedon, Northamptonshire, the third and youngest son of William Vincent (d. 1618) and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of John Mabbott of Walgrave, merchant of the staple. Nothing is known of his education. About 1599 he obtained a post in charge of records in the ...

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Warburton, John (1682–1759), herald and antiquary, was born on 26 February 1682 at Bury, Lancashire, the eldest of four sons and eight children, apart from an unnamed infant burial, of Benjamin Warburton (1653–1710) of Elton, in the parish of Bury, and his wife, ...

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John Warburton (1682–1759) by Andrew Miller, 1740 (after Gerard Vandergucht) © National Portrait Gallery, London