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Besterman, Theodore Deodatus Nathaniel (1904–1976), psychical researcher and bibliographer, was born on 22 November 1904 in ?ód?, Poland, and named Nataniel. He was the second son (there were no daughters) of Benjamin J. N. Besterman, diamond merchant, and his wife, Golda Augusta Krengiel...

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Betson, Thomas (d. 1516), librarian, religious author, and compiler, is first recorded at Cambridge University, where he had studied civil law for two and a half years, canon law for two years, and practised for four years, when he was granted a grace in 1466–7 to proceed to the degree of BCnL. He was rector of ...

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Bracebridge [Brasbrigg], John (fl. c. 1420), priest and book collector, was a priest at the Bridgettine abbey of Syon, at Isleworth in Middlesex. He may be identifiable with the John Bracebrigge who was headmaster of Boston School from 1390, and of Lincoln School...

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Charite, William (1422–c. 1502), compiler of monastic records and prior of Leicester, embraced the religious life at the age of eighteen, in 1440 entering the large Augustinian abbey of St Mary de Pratis in Leicester, where he was subsequently to become prior. By 1482, when the abbot and convent ordained an episcopal daily service in his honour, ...

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Dampier, Thomas (bap. 1749, d. 1812), bishop of Ely and book collector, was born at Eton and baptized there on 14 February 1749, the eldest son of Thomas Dampier (d. 1777), lower master at Eton College and subsequently dean of Durham, and his first wife, ...

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Ellys, Sir Richard, third baronet (1682–1742), book collector and biblical scholar, was born on 23 December 1682, the second, but eldest surviving, son of Sir William Ellys, second baronet (c.1654–1727), landowner and MP, of Nocton in Lincolnshire and Isabella Hampden (...

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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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Gregory [Gregory of Huntingdon] (fl. c. 1300), prior of Ramsey and book collector, held the priorate of the Benedictine abbey at Ramsey some time before the mid-fourteenth, and probably in the late thirteenth, century. He appears as a donor of books in his abbey's surviving catalogue, compiled in the second quarter of the fourteenth century. Copies of this are extant in two fragments (LPL, MS 585, pp. 661–2 and 663–4, and BL, Cotton MS Rolls II.16), which list at least sixteen volumes (the relationship between the entries for ...

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Greswell, William Parr (bap. 1765, d. 1854), Church of England clergyman and bibliographer, son of John Greswell of Chester, was baptized at Tarvin, Cheshire, on 23 June 1765. He was ordained on 20 September 1789 to the curacy of Blackley, near Manchester. While at ...

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Hackman, Alfred (1811–1874), librarian and Church of England clergyman, was born at Fulham, Middlesex, on 8 April 1811. His father, Thomas Hackman, was the parochial vestry clerk, and his office brought him into connection with the bishop of London, William Howley. Through Howley's...

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Higgs, Griffith [Griffin] (bap. 1589, d. 1659), dean of Lichfield and book collector, was born at Barre Place, Stoke Abbas, Oxfordshire, and baptized at St Andrew's Church, Stoke Abbas, on 28 October 1589. He was the third child and second son of Griffith Higgs (...

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Holes, Andrew (d. 1470), ecclesiastical administrator and book collector, was a younger son of Sir Hugh Holes of Cheshire. A Winchester scholar in 1408, he had become a scholar of New College, Oxford, by 1412, holding a fellowship from 1414 to 1420. By 1428 he was a bachelor in both laws; he lectured in ...

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Horne, Thomas Hartwell (1780–1862), biblical scholar and bibliographer, was born in Chancery Lane, London, on 20 October 1780, the son of William Horne, a barrister's clerk and the eldest of six. He was educated successively at a dame-school at Eversley, Hampshire, then at a boys' school in ...

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Thomas James (1572/33–1629) attrib. Gilbert Jackson ? Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

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James, Thomas (1572/3–1629), librarian and religious controversialist, was born at Newport, Isle of Wight, probably the youngest child of Richard James and Jane Overnone (d. 1581), who had been married there on 29 June 1549, but who had, according to their son's account many years later, been forced to live beyond the seas in ...

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Kirkestede, Henry (b. c. 1314, d. in or after 1378), prior of Bury St Edmunds and bibliographer, was known to early modern biographers as Bostonus Buriensis or John Boston of Bury. Kirkestede came from the Bury dependency of Kirstead (‘Kirkestede’ and ‘Kerkestede’...

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Kirkwood, James (b. c. 1650, d. in or after 1709), clergyman and advocate of parochial libraries, was born in or near Dunbar. His schooling took place there, and from 1666 he studied at Edinburgh University, where he graduated MA in 1670. Scott's Fasti ecclesiae Scoticanae...

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Thomas Lockey (1602?–1679) by unknown artist ? Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

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Lockey, Thomas (1602?–1679), librarian and Church of England clergyman, was born to unknown parents, probably in 1602. He obtained a king's scholarship at Westminster School and in 1618 was elected to Christ Church, Oxford. He contributed to the Oxford collection of verses on the death of ...

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William Dunn Macray (1826–1916) by Henry Scott Tuke, in or before 1910 ? Bodleian Library, University of Oxford