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Fancourt, Samuel (1678–1768), librarian and Presbyterian minister, was born at Oakham, Rutland, one of the four boys and two girls of Richard Fancourt, a prosperous merchant, and Anne Tresham. He was educated at the dissenting academy in Hungerford, Berkshire, under Benjamin Robinson and was ordained minister on 24 May 1709. He had married ...

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Nairn, James (1629–1678), Church of Scotland minister and book collector, was born in Edinburgh early in 1629, the son of James Nairn (c.1585–c.1656), a prosperous merchant, and his wife, Elizabeth Tod. He entered Edinburgh University in 1646 and graduated MA in 1650. After theological study, combined with a period as librarian of ...