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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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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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Cottrell [Cotterell; afterwards Cottrell-Dormer], Sir Clement (1686–1758), courtier and antiquary, was born on 2 April 1686 in St Martin's Lane, Westminster, and baptized at the church of St Martin-in-the-Fields two days later, on Easter day. He was the sixth of the seven children 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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Frere, John (1740–1807), landowner and antiquary, was born at Westhorpe, Suffolk, on 10 August 1740, the eldest son of Sheppard Frere (1712–1780), landowner, of Thwaite, Suffolk, and his wife, Susanna (1709/10–1779), daughter of John Hatley of London and Kirby Hall, Essex. He was educated at a private school kept by the ...

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Haward, Sir William (c. 1617–1704), courtier and antiquary, was the third son of John Haward (c.1571–1631) of Tandridge Hall, Surrey, and his first with his second wife, Elizabeth, daughter of William Angell, gentleman pensioner to James I. In November 1635 Haward...

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Sir (Richard) Colt Hoare, second baronet (1758–1838) by Samuel Woodforde, 1795 [left, with his son] National Trust Photographic Library / John Hammond

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Hoare, Sir (Richard) Colt, second baronet (1758–1838), landowner and antiquary, was born on 9 December 1758 at Barn Elms, Barnes, Surrey, the eldest son of Sir Richard Hoare, first baronet (1735–1787), banker, and Anne Hoare (1737–1759), known as Nanny, daughter of Henry Hoare (1705–1785)...

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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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Long, Charles Edward (1796–1861), genealogist and antiquary, born on 28 July 1796 at Benham Park, Berkshire, was the elder and only surviving son of Charles Beckford Long (d. 1836) of Langley Hall in the same county and his wife, Frances Monro, daughter and heir of ...

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Merrick, Rice [Rhys Meurug] (c. 1520–1587), landowner and antiquary, was descended from one of the native Welsh families of Miskin, according to bardic tradition and the genealogical tracts. His contemporary the Glamorgan bard Dafydd Benwyn maintained that he was the son of Meurug ap Hywel ap Philip...

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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...