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Fitzwilliam, Richard, seventh Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion (1745–1816), collector, connoisseur, and museum founder, was born on 1 August 1745 in Richmond, Surrey, the son of Richard Fitzwilliam, sixth Viscount Fitzwilliam (d. 1776), and his wife Catherine Decker (c.1710–1786), eldest daughter of the Dutch-born merchant and political economist, ...

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Hare, Robert (c. 1530–1611), antiquary and benefactor of Cambridge University, was the second of the three sons of Sir Nicholas Hare (d. 1557), master of the rolls, and Katherine, daughter of Sir John Bassingbourne. He matriculated as a fellow-commoner of Gonville Hall, Cambridge...

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Keith, Alexander (1737–1819), antiquary and benefactor, was born on 27 December 1737, the son of Alexander Keith (1705–1792), depute-clerk of session, and his wife, Johanna Swinton (d. 1792) of Swinton, Peeblesshire. The fortunes of his family evidently rose from the seventeenth century onwards; ...

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Marsh, John Fitchett (1818–1880), promoter of municipal libraries and antiquary, was the son of a solicitor of Wigan, Lancashire, John Marsh, and his wife, Ann. He was born at Wigan on 24 October 1818, and was educated at Warrington grammar school under the ...