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Benson, Robert (1797–1844), judge and local historian of Salisbury, was born in the cathedral close, Salisbury, on 5 February 1797, the youngest son of the Revd Edmund Benson (d. 1835), vicar of Salisbury Cathedral, and his wife, Anne Hunt Grubbe. He was educated at a private school in ...

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John Bridges (bap. 1666, d. 1724) by George Vertue, 1726 (after Sir Godfrey Kneller, 1706) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bridges, John (bap. 1666, d. 1724), county historian, was baptized at Binfield, Berkshire, on 24 June 1666. He was the eldest of the twelve children of John Bridges (1642–1712), squire of Barton Seagrave in Northamptonshire, and his wife, Elizabeth (1642–1712), daughter of William Trumbull...

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Walter Chetwynd (1633–1693) by Sir Peter Lely by permission of Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Chetwynd, Walter (1633–1693), county historian, was born on 9 May 1633, the son of Walter Chetwynd (1597/8–1669) of Ingestre, Staffordshire, and his wife, Frances (1605/6–1686), daughter and heir of Edward Hesilrigge of Arthingworth, Northamptonshire, and Theddingworth, Leicestershire. He was a descendant of a younger branch of the ...

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Robert Clutterbuck (1772–1831) by William Bond (after William Henry Hunt, c. 1815) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Clutterbuck, Robert (1772–1831), local historian and landowner, was born and baptized at Watford House, High Street, Watford, in Hertfordshire, on 28 January 1772. He was the eldest surviving son of Thomas Clutterbuck the younger (1744–1791) and Sarah Thurgood (1749–1788), daughter of Robert and ...

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Cremer, Robert Wyndham Ketton- (1906–1969), biographer and county historian, was the elder son of a Norfolk squire, Wyndham Ketton-Cremer (1870–1933) of Beeston, and his wife, Emily (1882–1952), daughter of Robert Bayly, timber merchant. Born on 2 May 1906, at his mother's family home in ...

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Gough, Richard (bap. 1635, d. 1723), local historian, was born in Newton on the Hill in the parish of Myddle, Shropshire, and baptized on 18 January 1635, the son of Richard Gough and his wife, Dorothy Jenks, formerly of Cockshutt. He was the fifth ...

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Edward Hasted (1732–1812) by unknown artist, 1801 Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre, Education and Leisure Directorate, Medway Council

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Hasted, Edward (1732–1812), county historian, was born on 20 December 1732 at Dove Court, Lombard Street, London, the only son of Edward Hasted (1702–1740), landowner, of Hawley, in Sutton-at-Hone parish, and Anne Tyler, daughter and coheir of Joseph Tyler of London. His father was a member of ...

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John Hutchins (1698–1773) by J. Collimore, pubd 1813 (after Charles Bestland) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hutchins, John (1698–1773), county historian, was born on 21 September 1698 at Bradford Peverell, Dorset, the son of Richard Hutchins (1667–1734), Church of England clergyman, and his wife, Anne (d. 1707). He came from a well-established Dorset clerical family. His grandfather John Hutchins...

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Jones, Theophilus (1759–1812), county historian, the son of Hugh Jones (d. 1799), Church of England clergyman, and his wife, Elinor (d. 1786), elder daughter of the historian Theophilus Evans (1693–1767), was born in Lion Street, Brecon, on 18 October 1759. His father, curate of ...

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Jordan, John (1746–1809), local historian and poet, eldest son of John Jordan (1718–1775), wheelwright, and Elizabeth Lock (1716–1777), was born at Tiddington, in Alveston, near Stratford upon Avon, on 9 October 1746. He was educated at the village school until 1756, but then was put to learn his father's trade. In 1759 his father moved the family to ...

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Manning, Owen (1721–1801), county historian and Old English scholar, was the younger son of Joseph Manning (1688?–1773?) and Mary Manning of Orlingbury, Northamptonshire. He is said to have been born at Orlingbury on 11 August 1721 and was baptized there on 5 September. He was educated at ...

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George Ormerod (1785–1873) by John Jackson, 1817 © Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

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Ormerod, George (1785–1873), county historian, was born in High Street, Manchester, on 20 October 1785, the only (and posthumous) son of George Ormerod (1757–1785) of Bury, Lancashire, who had died thirteen days earlier. His mother was Elizabeth (1752–1822), daughter of Thomas Johnson of ...