See also:antiquary, was
See also:born in
See also:London on the 29th of
See also:November 1777 . He was educated at
See also:Merchant Taylors' school, and at St
See also:Oxford, of which he was elected a
See also:fellow . After having held for a few months a sub-librarianship in the Bodleian, he was in 1800 appointed to a similar
See also:post in the
See also:British Museum . In 1827 he became chief librarian, and held that post until 1856, when he resigned on account of advancing age . In 1832
See also:William IV. made him a knight of Hanover, and in the following
See also:year he received an English
See also:knighthood . He died on the 15th of
See also:January 1869 .
See also:life was one of very considerable
See also:literary activity . His first
See also:work of importance was the preparation of a new edition of Brand's Popular Antiquities, which appeared in 1813 . In 1816 he was selected by the commissioners of public records to write the introduction to Domesday
See also:Book, a task which he discharged with much learning, though several of his views have not stood the test of later
See also:criticism . His
See also:Original Letters Illustrative of English
See also:History (first series, 1824; second series, 1827; third series, 1846) are compiled chiefly from
See also:manuscripts in the British Museum and the State Paper
See also:Office, and have been of considerable service to
See also:historical writers . To the Library of Entertaining Knowledge he contributed four volumes on the
See also:Elgin and
See also:Marbles . Sir Henry was for many years a director and joint-secretary of the Society of Antiquaries .
ROBINSON ELLIS (1834- )
WILLIAM ELLIS (1794 – 1872)
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