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Douce, Francis (1757–1834), antiquary and collector, was born on 13 July 1757 in London, the fourth and last child of Francis Douce (d. 1799), attorney, of the six clerks' office, and his wife, Ellen Tapley (d. 1799). His relationship with his father was not affectionate: 'my grandfather was a domestic despot, and tyrannized over my father, who thought proper to retaliate upon me' (...

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Francis Douce (1757–1834) by James Barry, 1803 © Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

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Elderton, John (1755–1832), antiquary and collector of documents, was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, son of Joseph Elderton (d. 1796), alderman and justice of the peace in Salisbury and register to the bishop of the diocese. A James Elderton, probably of the same family, was admitted 'an Extra-Licentiate of the ...

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Lawrence, Harry Lawrence Bradfer- (1887–1965), antiquary and collector of manuscripts, was born on 1 April 1887 at 8 Paynes Court, Church Street, King's Lynn, the son of Charles Bradfer (d. 1886/7), a draper's assistant, and his wife, Elizabeth Lawrence. He was educated initially at home because of poor health, and then at secondary school in ...

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Parker, Thomas Lister (1779–1858), antiquary and collector, born at Browsholme Hall, Yorkshire, on 27 September 1779, was the eldest of the eight sons of John Parker (1755–1797) of Browsholme, MP for Clitheroe, Lancashire, and his wife, Beatrix (b. 1749), daughter of Thomas Lister...

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Sanford [Sandford], Joseph (bap. 1691, d. 1774), antiquary and bibliophile, was baptized at Topsham in Devon on 3 August 1691, the son of George Sanford, a gentleman who was buried there a year later, and his wife, Elizabeth (d. c.1740). He had a much older brother, ...

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Sharpe, Charles Kirkpatrick (1781–1851), antiquary and collector, was born at Hoddam (or Hoddom) near Dumfries on 15 May 1781, the third son and seventh child of Charles Sharpe of Hoddam (c.1738–1813) and Eleanora Renton (1748–1836), daughter of John Renton of Lammerton...

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Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe (1781–1851) by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson [seated, with an unknown companion] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Upcott, William (1779–1845), antiquary and autograph collector, was born on 15 June 1779 in London, the only child of the artist Ozias Humphry (1742–1810) and Delly Wickers (d. 1786), daughter of an Oxford shopkeeper. Five days later he was baptized as William Upcott Humphry...