William Camden

Biographical note

Antiquary and historian, born in London, and educated at Christ’s Hospital, St. Paul’s School, and Oxford, was in 1575 appointed Second Master in Westminster School, and Head Master in 1593, and spent his vacations in travelling over England collecting antiquarian information. His great work, Britannia, was published in 1586, and at once brought him fame both at home and abroad. It is a work of vast labour and erudition, written in elegant Latin. In 1597 Camden was made Clarencieux King-at-Arms which, setting him free from his academic duties, enabled him to devote more time to his antiquarian and historical labours. His other principal works are Annals of the Reign of Elizabeth (printed 1615–1623), Monuments and Inscriptions in Westminster Abbey (1600), and a collected of Ancient English Historians . He was buried in Westminster Abbey. The Camden Society for historical research, founded in 1838, is named after him.


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