John Aubrey, 1626–1697

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Biographical note

Antiquary, was a country gentleman who inherited estates in several counties in England, which he lost by litigation and otherwise. He devoted himself to the collection of antiquarian and miscellaneous observations, and gave assistance to Dugdale and Anthony à-Wood in their researches. His own investigations were extensive and minute, but their value is much diminished by his credulity, and want of capacity to weigh evidence. His only publication is his Miscellanies, a collection of popular superstitions, etc., but he left various collections, which were edited and published in the 19th century.

[From A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin, 1910]

Works

  • "Brief lives", chiefly of contemporaries, set down by John Aubrey, between the years 1669 & 1696 ; edited from the author's mss. by Andrew Clark
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