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Gairdner, James (1828–1912), archivist and historian, was born in Edinburgh on 22 March 1828, the second son of John Gairdner MD (1790–1876) and Susanna, née Tennant (d. 1860). A maternal great-grandfather was William Dalrymple (1723–1814) and Sir William Tennant Gairdner was his brother. ...

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Hardy, Sir Thomas Duffus (1804–1878), historian and archivist, was born at Port Royal, Jamaica, on 22 May 1804, the third son of Thomas Bartholomew Price Hardy (d. 1813), then a captain-lieutenant of the Royal Artillery, and his second wife, Frances Duffus (...

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Johnson, Charles (1870–1961), archivist and historian, was born at Newcastle upon Tyne on 2 May 1870, the only child of Edmund White Johnson, timber merchant, and his wife, Elizabeth Hannah, daughter of his senior partner, John Herring. He was educated at Giggleswick School...

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Lyte, Sir Henry Churchill Maxwell (1848–1940), archivist and historian, was born at 1 Hyde Park Place, London, on 29 May 1848, the only son of John Walker Maxwell Lyte (1825–1848), of Berry Head, near Brixham, and his wife, Emily Jeannette, daughter of Colonel John Craigie...

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Sir Francis Palgrave (1788–1861) by Thomas Woolner, 1861 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Palgrave [formerly Cohen], Sir Francis (1788–1861), archivist and historian, was born in July 1788 at Green Street, Kentish Town, London, the only son of Meyer Cohen (c.1760–1831), a stockbroker, and his wife, Rachel, née Levien (d. 1815). In 1797 ...

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A. F. Pollard

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Selby, Walford Dakin (1845–1889), archivist and historian, was born at home on 16 June 1845, the eldest son of Thomas Selby of Whitley and Wimbush Hall, Essex, and his wife, Elizabeth, youngest daughter and coheir of Ralph Foster of Holderness, Yorkshire. His great-great-grandfather had taken the name ...

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F. H. Slingsby

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Shaw, William Arthur (1865–1943), archivist and historian, was born at Hooley Hill, Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire, on 19 April 1865, the younger son of James Shaw, manufacturer, and his wife, Sarah Ann Hampshire. He was educated at the Owens College, Manchester, where he was awarded the Cobden Club prize and the Bradford history scholarship (1883), the Shuttleworth political economy scholarship (1884), and was appointed a ...

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

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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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Ethel Stokes (1870–1944) by unknown photographer, c.1934 © reserved

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Stokes, Ethel (1870–1944), record agent and preserver of local archives, was born on 17 January 1870 at 89 Churchill Road, Holloway, London, the eldest child of Edwin James Stokes (1844–1916), accountant, and Fanny Augusta, née Baker (1846–1933), music teacher. Ethel's brother, Durham (1872–1957)...

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Wake, Joan (1884–1974), historian and archivist, was born on 29 February 1884 at Courteenhall, the Wake family home in Northamptonshire, the fifth of the six children of Sir Herwald Craufurd Wake, twelfth baronet (1852–1916), and his wife, Catherine St Aubyn (1852–1944). She was educated by governesses and tutors at ...