Sir William Dugdale

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  • Janet Rosemary Broadway (Queen Mary, University of London)

William Dugdale was an antiquarian author and editor, who helped to establish the use of archives in the study of medieval England. He was born at Shustoke, Warwickshire, where his father leased the parsonage. He was the second child and only son of John Dugdale, the retired clerk of accounts of an Oxford college, and Elizabeth, the daughter of a local clergyman and mother of three children by a former marriage. 9 years younger than his elder sister, he was educated at the Free School in Coventry where he was taught by Philemon Holland, the translator of William Camden’s Britannia, who may have first stimulated his antiquarian interests. His formal education ended when he was withdrawn from school before his fifteen …

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Broadway, Janet Rosemary. "Sir William Dugdale". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 March 2010
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