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Biographica Britannica


OR, The Lives of the most eminent persons who have flourished in Great Britain and Ireland from the earliest ages, down to the present times. Collected from the best Authorities, both Printed and Manuscript, and digested in the Manner of Mr Bayle's Historical and Critical Dictionary.

It took just 20 years for me to discover this set of biographies (published in 1744) and you should note that it uses the old spelling where the letter "s" is written as the letter "f". For example the word "such" is written as "fuch" or "present" is written as "prefent" or "presume" is written as "prefume" or "published" is written as "publifhed" etc. While at first it makes this a little difficult to read you'll find you quickly get used to it.

I note that the only two Mac entries seem to be MacKenzie and MacLaurin so looks to be a bit bereft of information on Scottish clan names starting with M.

I've made this 6 volume set available in pdf format below...

Volume 1 (A to Benignus)
Volume 2 (Benet or Bennet to Compton)
Volume 3 (Conant to Gastrell)
Volume 4 (Gatacre or Gataker to Knox)
Volume 5 (Latimer to Saville)
Volume 6 (Scott to Usher)


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