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JAMES GAIRDNER (1828– )

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Originally appearing in Volume V11, Page 390 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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JAMES GAIRDNER (1828– ), English historian, son of John Gairdner, M.D., was born in Edinburgh on the 22nd of March 1828. Educated in his native city, he entered the Public Record Office in London in 1846, becoming assistant keeper of the public records (1859–1893). Gairdner's valuable and pains-taking contributions to English history relate chiefly to the reigns of Richard III., Henry VII. and Henry VIII. For the " Rolls Series " he edited Letters and Papers illustrative of the Reigns of Richard III. and Henry VII. (London, 1861–1863), and Memorials of Henry VII. (London, 1858); and he succeeded J. S. Brewer in editing the Letters and Papers, foreign and domestic, of the reign of Henry VIII. (London, 1862–1905). He brought out the best edition of the Paston Letters (London, 1872–1875, and again 1896), for which he wrote a valuable introduction; and for the Camden Society he edited the Historical collections of a Citizen of London (London, 1876), and Three '5th-century Chronicles (London, 1880). His other works include excellent monographs on Richard III. (London, 1878, new and enlarged edition, Cambridge, 1898), and on Henry VII. (London, 1889, and subsequently); The Houses of Lancaster and York (London, 1874, and other editions); The English Church in the r6th century (London, 1902); Lollardy and the Reformation in England (1908); and contributions to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, the Dictionary of National Biography, the Cambridge Modern History, and the English Historical Review. Gairdner received the honorary degree of LL.D. from the university of Edinburgh in 1897, and was made a C.B. in 1900.
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