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Allen, Thomas (1540?–1632), mathematician and antiquary, was probably born on 21 December 1540 (though some sources suggest 1542) at Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, the son of William Allen. His family were local gentry who are known to have had Roman Catholic connections. Two of his four uncles also lived 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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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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Ferrers, Henry (1550–1633), antiquary, came of a family descended from the thirteenth-century earls of Derby through the lords of the barony of Ferrers of Groby. His father, Edward Ferrers (1524x7–1564), was the only son of Henry Ferrers (d. 1526) and ...

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Habington, Thomas (1560–1647), antiquary, was born at Thorpe, near Chertsey, Surrey, on 23 August 1560, the second son of John Habington (1515–1582) and Catherine Wykes (fl. c.1520–c.1580), daughter of John Wykes. At his baptism he was the godson of ...

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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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G. C. Boase

revised by Richard Smail

Hemans, Charles Isidore (1817–1876), antiquary, was the youngest son of Captain Alfred Hemans and Felicia Dorothea Hemans, poet. He accompanied his mother, whose special favourite he was, on a visit to Abbotsford in 1829, and was with her at the time of her death in 1835. He left ...

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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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Keepe, Henry (1652–1688), antiquary, was born in 1652 in Fetter Lane in the parish of St Dunstan-in-the-West, London, the son of Charles Keepe, a member of Sir William Courtney's cavalry regiment during the civil war and later employed in the exchequer. Keepe went to ...

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Thompson Cooper

revised by Michael Erben

Lloyd [formerly Hinde], Jacob Youde William (1816–1887), antiquary, was the eldest son of Jacob William Hinde (d. 1868) of Ulverston, Lancashire, afterwards of Langham Hall, Essex, and Harriet, younger daughter and coheir of the Revd Thomas Youde of Clochfaen, Montgomeryshire, Plas Madog, Denbighshire...

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Pearsall, Robert Lucas (1795–1856), composer and antiquary, born at Clifton, Bristol, on 14 March 1795, was the son of Richard Pearsall, a former army officer and amateur musician, and his wife, Elizabeth Lucas, a descendant through her mother, Phillippa Still, of John Still...

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Talman, John (1677–1726), antiquary and art collector, was born in King Street, Westminster, in July 1677 and baptized in St Margaret's Church, Westminster, on 19 July, the eldest son of the architect William Talman (bap. 1650, d. 1719) and his wife, Hannah. He was educated at ...

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Charlotte Fell-Smith

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Theyer, John (bap. 1598, d. 1673), antiquary, was baptized at Brockworth, Gloucestershire, on 5 November 1598, the son of John Theyer (d. 1631) and his wife, Jane, and grandson of Thomas Theyer of Brockworth. He entered Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1613, but did not graduate. After three years there he practised common law at ...

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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...

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Twyne, John (c. 1505–1581), schoolmaster and antiquary, was born at Bullington, Hampshire, the son of William Twyne. He matriculated at Oxford; his college is unknown, but in 1523–4 he heard Juan Luis Vives, the Spanish humanist, lecture in Corpus Christi College, and saw ...

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Wyrley, William (1565–1618), antiquary and herald, was born, according to his own account, at Seal, Leicestershire, the son of Augustine Wyrley of Netherseal and his wife, Mary, daughter of William Charnelles of Snarestone in the same county, and the grandson of William Wyrley...