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Colomiès, Paul (1638–1692), writer and librarian, was born on 2 December 1638 at La Rochelle, France, the son of Jean Colomiès, a doctor at La Rochelle. His family came from Béarn, but his grandfather Jérome was a minister of the Reformed church at ...

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Gosset, Isaac (1745–1812), book collector, was one of only two of the five children of Isaac Gosset (1713–1799), a modeller of portraits in wax, and his wife, Françoise, to survive infancy. He was born at his father's house opposite the French Huguenot chapel in ...

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Justel, Henri (1620–1693), librarian, was born in Paris, the son of Christophe Justel (1580–1649), a learned Calvinist and canonist, and his wife, Olympe, née de Lorme. His father's reputation and office of sécretaire du roi ensured for Henri an entrée to high Huguenot society. He inherited the office, which carried nominal duties and also opportunities for influence, but made a mark in his own right as a man who was learned, insatiably curious about facts and ideas, and at ease with sceptics and Roman Catholics though staunch in his own protestantism. This '...

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Maty, Matthew (1718–1776), physician and librarian, was born on 17 May 1718 at Montfoort, 6 miles south-west of Utrecht, the eldest child of Paul Maty (1681–1773), French protestant minister, and his wife, Jeanne Crottier Desmarets. Both parents were Huguenots. Before moving to the ...

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Scrimgeour [Scrymgeour], Henry (1505?–1572), diplomat and book collector, was born in Dundee, most likely in 1505 but possibly in 1508 or 1509, since Andrew Melville gives Scrimgeour's age at death as sixty-three. His parents were James Scrimgeour, burgess, who had died by 23 May 1525, and his wife, ...

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Verneuil, John (1582/3–1647), librarian, was born in Bordeaux, France, the son of Arnauld Verneuilh (d. in or before 1585), a merchant, and Marguerite, née Forthon (d. before 1611), daughter of Bernard Forthon and Valerie, née Peyronin. Both the Verneuilh and Forthon...