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Briggs, Henry Perronet (1791–1844), antiquary and subject painter, was born at Walworth, London, the son of John Hobart Briggs (bap. 1760), who held a lucrative position in the Post Office, and his wife, Mary, née Oldham. He was named after his great-grandfather the Methodist minister ...

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Hughes, John (1776–1843), Wesleyan Methodist minister and antiquary, the third child of William Hughes, a hatter, and his second wife, Elizabeth, daughter of John and Gwenllian Thomas and sister of John Thomas, vicar of Caerleon, was born on 18 May 1776 at Brecon...

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Phillips, William (1822–1905), botanist and antiquary, was born on 4 May 1822 at Presteigne, the ninth of the ten children of Thomas and Elizabeth Phillips. After an elementary education in Presteigne, Phillips moved to Shrewsbury about 1836 to work with his older brothers in their tailor's shop in ...

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Picton, Sir James Allanson (1805–1889), antiquary and architect, the son of William Pickton, a joiner and timber merchant, was born in Highfield Street, Liverpool, on 2 December 1805. After an elementary education at Richard Prior's school, Church Lane, St Peter's, Liverpool, he entered his father's business at the age of thirteen. A few years later he joined the office of ...

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Sir James Allanson Picton (1805–1889) by William Barnes Boadle, 1887 Board of Trustees of the National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool)

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Rendle, William (1811–1893), antiquary, was born in the village of Millbrook, Cornwall, on 18 February 1811, the eldest of at least five children of William Rendle (1787-1867), a cooper, of Polperro, near Fowey, Cornwall, and his second wife, Mary (1787/8-1849...

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Venn, John (1834–1923), philosopher and antiquary, was born on 4 August 1834 at Drypool, Hull, the first of the two children of Henry Venn (1796–1873), fellow of Queens' College, Cambridge, evangelical divine, and secretary of the Church Missionary Society, and his wife, Martha Sykes (...

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Thomas Wright (1810–1877) by D. J. Pound, pubd 1859 (after Maull & Polyblank) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Wright, Thomas (1810–1877), historian and antiquary, was born at Tenbury, Worcestershire, on 23 April 1810, the son of Thomas Wright. His father's family came from near Bradford. His paternal grandfather, Thomas Wright, a Wesleyan Methodist, was the author of a satirical poem, 'A Modern Familiar Religious Conversation'...