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Clay, William Keatinge (1797–1867), liturgical scholar and antiquary, was born at Cambridge on 15 May 1797, the second of the four children of George Clay (1760–1806) and his wife, Mary (1769–1822), daughter of Edward Kempton. In 1813, when he was baptized, his father was described as a glover. He was educated at ...

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Cox, John Charles (1843–1919), antiquary and ecclesiologist, was born on 29 March 1843 at Parwich, Derbyshire, the sixth of the seven children of Revd Edward Cox (1802–1869) and Anna Horsfall (1803/4–1888). He had two brothers and four sisters. In 1843 his father was vicar of ...

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Sir Edward Dering, first baronet (1598–1644) by Cornelius Johnson, 1630s? from the collection at Parham House and Gardens, West Sussex

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Dering, Sir Edward, first baronet (1598–1644), antiquary and religious controversialist, was born on 28 January 1598, and baptized on 9 February, the eldest son of Sir Anthony Dering (1557/8–1636), landowner and JP, of Surrenden Dering in Pluckley, Kent, and his second wife, Frances (1577–1657)...

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David Hay Fleming (1849–1931) by Andrew Swan Watson, 1925 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Fleming, David Hay (1849–1931), antiquary and writer on Scottish history, was born at St Andrews on 9 May 1849, the third and youngest son of John Fleming, china and stoneware merchant, of St Andrews, whose ancestors were from Deeside, and his wife, Ann...

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Harris, James Rendel (1852–1941), biblical scholar and palaeographer, was born in Plymouth on 27 January 1852, the second son of Henry Marmaduke Harris, a house decorator, and his wife, Elizabeth Carter, née Budd. Educated at Plymouth grammar school, he entered Clare College, Cambridge...

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Charles O'Conor (1710–1791) by Maguire Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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O'Conor, Charles (1710–1791), antiquary and religious propagandist, was born on 1 January 1710 at Kilmactranny, co. Sligo, Ireland, the eldest son of Denis O'Conor (d. 1750), farmer, and Mary O'Rourke (d. 1760?), daughter of Tiernan O'Rourke, a colonel in the French army who was killed in the battle of ...

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Owen, Robert (1820–1902), theologian and antiquary, born at Dolgellau, Merioneth, on 13 May 1820, was the third son of David Owen, surgeon, and Ann, youngest daughter of Hugh Evans of Fronfelen and Esgairgeiliog, near Machynlleth. Educated at Ruthin grammar school, he matriculated from ...