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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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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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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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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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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 ...