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H. R. Tedder

revised by Michael Bevan

Atkinson, James (1759–1839), surgeon and bibliographer, the son of a medical practitioner and friend of Laurence Sterne, received his medical education as a pupil of Henry Cline of St Thomas's Hospital, London, and attended the lectures of Thomas Denman, physician-accoucheur to the Middlesex Hospital...

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James Atkinson (1759–1839) by William Etty, 1832 York Museums Trust (York Art Gallery)

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Richard Irvine Best (1872–1959) by John Butler Yeats, 1906 Courtesy of the National Gallery of Ireland

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Best, Richard Irvine (1872–1959), philologist and bibliographer, was born at 3 Bishop Street, Derry, on 17 January 1872, the son of Henry Best (who was of English descent), an excise officer, and his wife, Margaret Jane Irvine. He was educated at Foyle College...

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W. E. A. Axon

revised by Elizabeth Baigent

Crestadoro, Andrea (1808–1879), bibliographer, was born at Genoa, son of John Baptista Crestadoro, and educated at the public school there. An industrious student, he proceeded (c.1825) to the University of Turin, where he graduated PhD, and soon after was appointed professor of natural philosophy. Here he published a ...

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Davies, Myles (b. 1662, d. in or after 1719), bibliographer, was born at Tre'r Abad, in the parish of Whitford, Flintshire, the son of George Davies and Elizabeth Blount. The family were Roman Catholics, and on 28 September 1686 Davies was admitted into the ...

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Getty, Sir (John) Paul (1932–2003), philanthropist and book collector, was born on 7 September 1932, aboard ship off Genoa, the third son of John Paul Getty (1892–1976), oil tycoon, and his fourth wife, Ann, daughter of Sam Rork, the Hollywood producer of such stars as ...

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Jenner, Henry (1848–1934), librarian and promoter of the Cornish language, was born on 8 August 1848 at Union Hill, St Columb Major, Cornwall, the elder son and eldest of the six children of Henry Lascelles Jenner (1820–1898), curate of St Columb, and his wife, ...

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Libri, Guglielmo [Count Guglielmo Bruto Icilio Timoleone Libri-Carrucci dalla Sommaia] (1802–1869), scientist, book collector, and thief, was born on 2 January 1802 (or possibly 1803) in Florence, the son of Count Giorgio Libri-Carrucci dalla Sommaia (1781–1836) and Rosa del Rosso (c.1783–1849)...

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MacCarthy Reagh, Justin, Count MacCarthy in the French nobility (1744–1811), book collector, was born on 18 August 1744 at Springhouse, co. Tipperary, the son of Denis MacCarthy Reagh (1718–1761), landowner, of Springhouse and his wife, Christine French of Rahasane, co. Galway. The family estate of ...

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Panizzi, Sir Anthony [formerly Antonio Genesio Maria] (1797–1879), librarian, was born on 16 September 1797 at Brescello in the duchy of Modena (then part of the Cisalpine Republic). He was the first child and only son of Luigi Panizzi (1764–1845) and ...

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Sir Anthony Panizzi (1797–1879) by George Frederic Watts, c. 1847 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Poynter, Frederick Noël Lawrence (1908–1979), librarian and medical historian (known as Noël to family and friends), was born in London on 24 December 1908, the seventh of nine children of Herbert William Poynter and his wife, Margaret, née Gurry (1875/6–1924), originally from Cork...

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Oliver Elton

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Sampson, John (1862–1931), librarian and Romani scholar, was born on 25 February 1862 at Schull, co. Cork, the eldest son and third of the six children of James Sampson (1813–1871), a chemist and mining engineer of Cornish stock, and his wife, Sarah Anne Macdermott (1829–1907)...

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Stevenson, Joseph (1806–1895), historian, archivist, and Church of England clergyman, was born on 27 November 1806 at Berwick upon Tweed, the eldest son of Robert Stevenson, surgeon, and his wife, Elizabeth Wilson. He had two sisters. After his first schooling at Witton-le-Wear he entered the grammar school attached to ...

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Joseph Stevenson (1806–1895) by Charles Matthew, c. 1889 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Swalwell, Thomas (d. 1539), Benedictine monk and archivist, became a monk of Durham Cathedral priory about 1483. In 1486 he is recorded as a scholar at Durham College, Oxford, where he qualified as a doctor in theology in 1503. His notes for lectures on ...

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Turnbull, William Barclay David Donald (1811–1863), archivist and antiquary, was born on 6 February 1811 in St James's Square, Edinburgh, the only child of Walter Turnbull (d. 1819), armiger, from Hanover in Jamaica and later of Leven Lodge, near Edinburgh, and Torryburn, Fife...

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William Barclay David Donald Turnbull (1811–1863) by James Archer Ashmolean Museum, Oxford