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English Historiography - Antiquarian authors, historians, genealogists, topographers

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Surnames/tags: England History
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This sub-project is associated with the England Project

The coordinator is Vivienne Caldwell


  • Historians, genealogists, antiquarian authors and topographers born in England and whose works are widely used by genealogists and historians.


  • To have comprehensive biographies for the profiles of the people defined above
  • Identify individual and collective motivations of antiquarian, genealogical and historical writers
  • Collate evidence of their strengths, weaknesses and reliability

First tasks:

  • Identify significant writers of this genre
  • Categorise profiles as appropriate within Wikitree
  • Identify and create a bibliography of resources for further reading and research


The Authors

(more to come)

Name Wikitree ID
Daniel Lysons Lysons-11
John Foxe Foxe-21
William Camden Camden-94
Sir Richard Colt Hoare,_2nd_Baronet
Ralph Thoresby Thoresby-8
John Stow Stow-1133
Richard Carew Carew-78
George Ormerod Ormerod-217
Sir Peter Leycester Leycester-44
Edward Hasted Hasted-45
George Cockayne Adams-25246
Francis Blomefield Blomefield-35
Thomas Allen
Thomas Walker Horsefield Horsfield-118
William Dugdale Dugdale-143
James Dallaway Dallaway-21
Owen Manning
George Lipscomb Lipscomb-572
Charles Parkin
John Smith Smith-7466


The following articles are a small sample and will be expanded and annotated. They may be available through the electronic collections of your local library.


  • Fox, Adam. “Remembering the Past in Early Modern England: Oral and Written Tradition.” Transactions of the Royal Historical Society 9 (December 1999): 233–56.
  • Woolf, D R. “The ‘Common Voice’: History, Folklore and Oral Tradition in Early Modern England.” Past & Present, no. 120 (August 1988): 26–52.

Medieval and Earlier

Post Medieval

  • Levy, F. J. “How Information Spread among the Gentry, 1550-1640.” Journal of British Studies 21, no. 2 (April 1, 1982): 11–34.
  • Mallonee, Robert William. “The Study of History and the Evolution of Historiography in Late Tudor and Early Stuart England.” Master’s Theses. Paper 2310, Loyola University, 1967. http://ecommon ses/2310.
  • Phillips, Mark. “Reconsiderations on History and Antiquarianism: Arnaldo Momigliano and the Historiography of Eighteenth-Century Britain.” Journal of the History of Ideas 57, no. 2 (April 1, 1996): 297–316.
  • Zaller, Robert. Review of Review of The Rise and Fall of Revolutionary England: An Essay on the Fabrication of Seventeenth-Century History, by Alastair MacLachlan. Albion: A Quarterly Journal Concerned with British Studies 29, no. 2 (1997): 291–94.
  • Little, Hannah Mary. “Genealogy as Theatre of Self-Identity: A Study of Genealogy as a Cultural Practice within Britain since c. 1850.” PhD, University of Glasgow, 2010.



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