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Aiton, William (1760–1848), genealogist, was born in Silverwood, Kilmarnock, in January 1760, the eldest son of Andrew Aiton (1722–1809) of Woodhead, farmer, and his wife, Jean Brown (d. 1809). He was a distant relative of the botanist William Aiton (1731–1793). In June 1778 he married ...

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Alban [St Albans], Roger (d. after 1461), genealogist, copyist, and Carmelite friar, was born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, and joined his order in London. He was ordained acolyte on 17 December 1401 and deacon on 19 December 1405. His name occurs as the copyist on three manuscripts, BL, Harley MS 3138 (dated 1424), Harley MS 211, and Stowe MS 8, and it has also been claimed that he copied BL, Stowe MS 38 and, in 1439, the anti-...

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Anderson, John (1798–1839), genealogist and writer to the signet, was born on 16 August 1798, the eldest of four children of Peter Anderson (1768–1823), a solicitor in Inverness, and his wife, Jessie Thomson (c.1766–1836). Anderson was educated for seven years at the private boarding-school in ...

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John Westby-Gibson

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Anderson, John (1789–1832), genealogist, was born on 6 June 1789, at Gilmerton House, Edinburghshire, the eldest son of James Anderson, sometime supervisor of excise at Oban, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of John Williams, a Welshman by birth and a mineral surveyor by profession, author of ...

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T. F. Henderson

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Banks, Thomas Christopher (1765–1854), genealogist, was the eldest child of Thomas Banks, a gentleman pensioner. He claimed a relationship to the Banks family of Whitley; on his mother's side, he claimed descent from the Nortons of Barbados. He studied law, and on the strength of his genealogical knowledge offered his services as an agent in cases of disputed inheritance. From 1813 to 1820 he practised at ...

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Barron, (Arthur) Oswald (1868–1939), genealogist and heraldist, was born in West Ham, Essex, on 3 January 1868, the second of three sons (there were two daughters) of Henry Stracey Barron (1838–1918), consulting mechanical engineer and one-time chief engineer of the Imperial Ottoman Arsenal...

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Bedford, William Kirkpatrick Riland (1826–1905), antiquary and genealogist, born at Sutton Coldfield rectory on 12 July 1826, was the eldest of five sons of William Riland Bedford (1794/5–1843), rector of Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire, and his wife, Grace Campbell, daughter of Charles Sharpe of ...

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Gordon Goodwin

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Bell, Henry Nugent (1792–1822), genealogist, was the eldest son of George Bell, of Belle Vue, co. Fermanagh, and Catherine, daughter of Dominick Nugent MP. He followed the profession of a legal antiquary, and, in order to obtain a recognized status, entered himself at the ...

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Beltz, George Frederick (1774–1841), genealogist, was born on 9 August 1774, the eldest son and second of seven children of George Nicholas Beltz of St George's, Bloomsbury, coal merchant, and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1796), only child of Samuel Gutteridge of Purley, Berkshire...

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G. C. Boase

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Berry, William (1774–1851), genealogist, was employed from 1793 to 1809 as a writing clerk to the registrar of the College of Arms; in 1810 he brought out a work entitled Introduction to Heraldry. On his retirement from that post, he for some time resided in ...

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D. J. O'Donoghue

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Bewley, Sir Edmund Thomas (1837–1908), lawyer and genealogist, was born in Dublin on 11 January 1837, the son of Edward Bewley (1806–1876), licentiate of the Irish colleges both of surgeons and of physicians, and his wife, Mary, daughter of Thomas Mulock (1791–1857) of ...

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T. F. Henderson

revised by Peter Sherlock

Booth, John (bap. 1584, d. 1659), genealogist, was baptized on 10 July 1584 at Swettenham, Cheshire, the eldest child of John Booth of Twemlowe, and his wife, Isabella, daughter of Richard Lowndes of Smallwood. His ancestors had long been landowners in Cheshire, and he succeeded his father at ...

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Jennett Humphreys

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Bowen, John (1755/6–1832), painter and genealogist, was born in Shrewsbury, the eldest son of James Bowen (bap. 1718, d. 1774), painter and topographer, of that town. He studied the local antiquities under his father, who had compiled notes and sketches towards a history of ...

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Brydges, Sir (Samuel) Egerton, first baronet, styled thirteenth Baron Chandos (1762–1837), writer and genealogist, was born at Wootton Court, Wootton, between Canterbury and Dover, on 30 November 1762, the eighth child of Edward Bridges (or Brydges; 1712–1780) and his wife, Jemima (1728–1809), daughter of ...

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Burke, John (1786–1848), author and genealogist, was born on 12 November 1786 at Parsonstown, King's county, Ireland, the eldest of three children of Peter Burke (1756–1836) of Elm Hall, co. Tipperary, JP for that county and for the King's county, and his first wife, ...

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Burke, Sir (John) Bernard (1814–1892), genealogist and herald, was born on 5 January 1814 in London, the second of six children to survive infancy of John Burke (1786–1848) of London, author of the Peerage and Baronetage, and his wife and cousin, Mary (1781–1846)...

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A. J. G. Mackay

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Burnett, George (1822–1890), genealogist, born on 9 March 1822, was the third son of John Burnett of Kemnay, an estate in central Aberdeenshire, and Mary, daughter of Charles Stuart of Dunearn. Educated partly in Germany, he acquired a taste for art and became an enthusiastic amateur musician; he was for many years music critic for ...

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T. F. Henderson

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Campbell, Frederick William (1782–1846), genealogist, was the eldest son of Donald Campbell (1751–1804), of Barbreck, and his wife, Mary Campbell, daughter of Lord Frederick Campbell. He was born on 4 January 1782, and became a captain in the 1st regiment of guards. Some time after succeeding his father in 1804, he sold the estate in ...