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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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Darell, William (d. in or after 1580), Church of England clergyman and antiquary, was related to the Darells of Calehill, Little Chart, Kent, who adhered to Rome after the Reformation. Otherwise nothing is known about his family or early life before 1546, when he was presented to ...

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John Dee (1527–1609) by unknown artist, 1574–86 Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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Dee, John (1527–1609), mathematician, astrologer, and antiquary, was born on 13 July 1527 in London, the only child of Rowland Dee and his wife, Joan or Joanna (1508/9–1580), daughter of William Wild.

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Eustace, John Chetwode (1761–1815), travel writer and Roman Catholic priest, was born in Kildare, the son of Maurice Eustace and his wife, Katherine Keegan. His father's family was of Anglo-Norman descent and also claimed a connection with the Chetwodes, a family of Cheshire...

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Haigh, Daniel Henry (1819–1879), Roman Catholic convert and antiquary, was the son of George Haigh, a calico printer. He was born at Brinscall Hall, Wheelton, near Chorley, Lancashire, on 7 August 1819. Before the age of seventeen he lost both his parents and became head of the family, as the eldest of three brothers who had inherited a large fortune. He spent some time in business at ...

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Jameson [Jamieson], John Paul (1659–1700), Roman Catholic priest and antiquary, was born in Aberdeen, the son of John Jameson, trader, and his wife, Joanna Blackburn (d. 1680). The family was of some note, as in 1684 their daughter Jane married the city provost's son. Having been converted to Catholicism, ...

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Johnston, Henry [name in religion Joseph] (d. 1723), Benedictine monk and antiquary, was born at Methley, near Leeds, Yorkshire, one of at least three sons of the Revd John Johnston (d. 1657) and his wife, Elizabeth Hobson, and brother of Nathaniel Johnston MD...

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Kirk, John (1760–1851), Roman Catholic priest and antiquary, was born at Acton Burnell, Shropshire, on 13 April 1760, the son of William Kirk and his wife, Mary Fielding, both of whom were Catholics. He was educated at Sedgley Park School from 1770 to 1773. On 5 June 1773 he was admitted to the ...

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James Francis Kyle (1788–1869) by unknown engraver, pubd 1867 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Kyle, James Francis (1788–1869), vicar apostolic of the northern district of Scotland and historical collector, was born at Quarryholes, near Abbeyhill, in Edinburgh, on 22 September 1788, the eldest son of the four children of James Kyle (d. 1799), commissioner of roads and bridges for the ...

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Morris [Morys], Roger (1551/2?–1597x1600), antiquary and recusant, was perhaps the Roger Morris of Flintshire at Hart Hall, Oxford, aged nineteen in 1571. His later home was at Coedytalwrn, parish of Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd, Denbighshire.

Morris is hardly known except through his manuscripts, written in a notably neat and unostentatious hand, a hand which would be nameless had not two contemporaries, ...

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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 ...