Beesley, Alfred (1799/1800–1847), antiquary, was born into a Quaker family, but subsequently left the Society of Friends. He was apprenticed to a watchmaker in Deddington, Oxford, but only served part of his time. Subsequently he devoted himself to literary and scientific pursuits. He was a keen astronomer and botanist, and collected scientific instruments. In 1834 ...
Forster, Edward, the elder (1730–1812), merchant and antiquary, was born on 11 February 1730 in London, eldest of the four sons of Thomas Forster (1698–1743), merchant, and his wife, Dorothy (1710–1763), daughter of Benjohan (Benjamin) Furly, a Rotterdam merchant of Colchester Quaker forebears. ...
Cecil R. Humphery-Smith
Foster, Joseph (1844–1905), genealogist and antiquary, born at Sunniside, Sunderland, on 9 March 1844, was the eldest of five sons and three daughters of Joseph Foster, a woollen draper of Bishopwearmouth, co. Durham, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Emanuel Taylor. His grandfather was ...
M. W. Kirby
Gurney, Daniel (1791–1880), banker and antiquary, was born on 9 March 1791 at Earlham Hall, near Norwich, the youngest son (in a family of four boys and seven girls) of Quaker parents, John Gurney (1749–1809), banker, of Earlham, Norfolk, and his wife, Catherine Bell (1754–1792)...
Gurney, Hudson (1775–1864), antiquary and banker, was born in the Old Courthouse, Magdalen Street, Norwich, on 19 January 1775, the only son of Richard Gurney (1742–1811) and his first wife, Agatha Barclay (1753–1776). Both his parents were from Quaker families much involved in banking; his father was chief partner in the ...
T. E. Jacob
revised by Alexander Du Toit
Hill, Thomas Ford (d. 1795), antiquary, was the son of a glove manufacturer of Worcester. He was a Quaker, and intended for a commercial life in the linen trade. After serving an apprenticeship at Pontefract, he was taken into the house of Messrs Dawson and Walker...
revised by M. J. Mercer
Nickolls, John (1710/11–1745), antiquary, was born in Ware, Hertfordshire, the son of John Nickolls, a Quaker miller and grain merchant in the town. He was apprenticed to another Quaker merchant, Joseph Wyeth, of London and after serving his time became a partner with his father but continued to reside in ...
revised by John D. Haigh
Poole, Jacob (1774–1827), antiquary, was born at Growtown, co. Wexford, on 11 February 1774, the son of Joseph Poole (1731–1800), farmer, and his wife, Sarah, daughter of Jacob Martin of Aghfad, co. Wexford. His parents were members of the Society of Friends, and he was seventh in descent from ...
W. P. Courtney
revised by S. J. Skedd
Stackhouse, Thomas (1756–1836), educational writer and antiquary, was born at Cockermouth on 27 September 1756, the son of Daniel Stackhouse and Margaret Morland, who married in 1755, and the grandson of Thomas Stackhouse (1681/2–1752), vicar of Beenham Valence. He was educated by his uncle ...