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List of famous antiquarians, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top antiquarians in the world? This includes the most prominent antiquarians, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable antiquarians is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic antiquarians were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned antiquarians.

List people include Elias Ashmole, Julian Cope and many more.

From reputable, prominent, and well known antiquarians to the lesser known antiquarians of today, these are some of the best professionals in the antiquarian field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous antiquarians ever?" and "What are the names of famous antiquarians?" then you're in the right place. (77 items)

Su Song is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
Su Song was a renowned Han Chinese polymath who was described as a scientist, mathematician, statesman, astronomer, cartographer, horologist, medical doctor, pharmacologist, mineralogist, ...more

Elias Ashmole is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
Elias Ashmole was a celebrated English antiquary, politician, officer of arms, astrologer and student of alchemy. Ashmole supported the royalist side during the English Civil War, and at the ...more

Guy Berryman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
Guy Rupert Berryman is a Scottish musician, multi-instrumentalist and producer, best known as the bassist for the groups Coldplay and Apparatjik. Berryman is left-handed but plays the bass ...more

Robert Beck is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
Robert Beck was the founder and owner of Robert Beck Gallery in San Anselmo, California.

Augustus Le Plongeon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
Augustus Le Plongeon was a British-American photographer and antiquarian who studied the pre-Columbian ruins of America, particularly those of the Maya civilization on the northern ...more

William Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
| Sir William Hamilton KB, PC, FRS was a Scottish diplomat, antiquarian, archaeologist and vulcanologist. After a short period as a Member of Parliament, he served as British Ambassador to the ...more

James Planché is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
James Robinson Planché was a British dramatist, antiquary and officer of arms. Over a period of approximately 60 years he wrote, adapted, or collaborated on 176 plays in a wide range of ...more

John Thomas Scharf is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
John Thomas Scharf was a United States historian, author, journalist, antiquarian, politician, lawyer and Confederate States of America soldier and sailor. He is best known for his published ...more

Samuel Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
Sir Samuel Ferguson was an Irish poet, barrister, antiquarian, artist and public servant. Perhaps the most important Ulster-Scot poet of the 19th century, because of his interest in Irish ...more

Finlay Currie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
Finlay Jefferson Currie was a Scottish actor of stage, screen, and television. Currie was born in Edinburgh, where he later attended George Watson's College. His acting career began on the ...more

Julian Cope is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
Julian David Cope is an English rock musician, author, antiquary, musicologist, poet and cultural commentator. Originally coming to prominence in 1978 as the singer and songwriter in Liverpool ...more

Thomas Pennant is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
Thomas Pennant was a Welsh naturalist, traveller, writer and antiquarian. He was born and lived his whole life at his family estate, Downing Hall near Whitford, Flintshire in Wales. As a ...more

Anthony Wood is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
Anthony Wood or Anthony à Wood was an English antiquary.

Sir Peter Leycester, 1st Baron... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
Sir Peter Leycester, 1st Baronet was an English antiquarian and historian. He was involved in the English Civil War on the royalist side and was subsequently made a baronet. He later compiled ...more

Ernst Alfred Stückelberg is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
Ernst Alfred Stückelberg Swiss historian, art historian and conservator.

Thomas Benolt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
Thomas Benolt was a long-serving officer of arms at the College of Arms in London. As part of his service, he was also a diplomat. He appears to have been born at Rouen, though his family had ...more

John Weever is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
John Weever was an English antiquary and poet. He is best known for his work Ancient Funerall Monuments, the first full-length book to be dedicated to the topic of English church monuments and ...more

Samuel Pegge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
Samuel Pegge Samuel Pegge the elder was an antiquary. Born at Chesterfield, Derbyshire, he was the son of Christopher Pegge and his wife Gertrude, daughter of Francis Stephenson of Unstone, near ...more

Thomas Phillipps is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
Sir Thomas Phillipps, 1st Baronet was an English antiquary and book collector who amassed the largest collection of manuscript material in the 19th century, due to his severe condition of ...more

Henry Walter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
Henry Walter Henry Walter was an English cleric and antiquary.

Stella Arroyave is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
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Jacques Viger is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
Jacques Viger Jacques Viger was an antiquarian, archaeologist, and the first mayor of the Canadian city of Montreal, Quebec.

Samuel Pegge is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
Samuel Pegge Samuel Pegge - the younger was an antiquary, poet, musical composer and lexicographer. He was the son of Samuel Pegge and their work is frequently intertwined. He was the only surviving son of ...more

George Weare Braikenridge is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
George Weare Braikenridge George Weare Braikenridge was an English antiquarian. He was born in Virginia but lived for most of his life in Bristol, where he created a large collection of Bristolian historical and ...more

Harry Buxton Forman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
Harry Buxton Forman Henry "Harry" Buxton Forman CB was a Victorian-era bibliographer and antiquarian bookseller whose literary reputation is based on his bibliographies of Percy Shelley and John Keats. In ...more

Henry Howard is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
Henry Howard Henry Howard was an English antiquarian and family historian, best known as the author of Memorials of the Howard Family.

Luc Merenda is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
Luc Merenda is a French film actor. He was one of the most prominent actors of the Italian poliziotteschi genre, working several times with Sergio Martino.

Theodor Ruthardt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
Theodor Ruthardt

Richard Yates is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
Richard Yates Richard Yates was an English cleric and antiquary.

Heinrich Meyer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
Heinrich Meyer Sohn eines zürcherischen Landpfarrers, der vorzeitig resignierte und in die Stadt zog, wurde er ebenfalls zuerst zum Theologen ausgebildet, setzte dann aber zuerst in Genf und seit 1825 in ...more

John Nichols is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
John Nichols John Nichols was an English printer, author and antiquary.

Wilfrid Michael Voynich is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
Wilfrid Michael Voynich Wilfrid Voynich, born Michał Wojnicz, was a Polish revolutionary, antiquarian and bibliophile, and the eponym of the Voynich manuscript.

John Pointer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
John Pointer John Pointer was an English cleric and antiquary.

Yank Azman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
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William Clarke is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
William Clarke William Clarke was an English cleric and antiquary.

George Williams is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
George Williams George Williams was an English cleric, academic and antiquary.

Alexander Crawford Lamb is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
Alexander Crawford Lamb Alexander Crawford Lamb was a Scottish hotelier, art collector, antiquarian and writer. He amassed a considerable collection of paintings, literary works, china, furniture antiquities and other ...more

Théodore Basset de Jolimont is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
Théodore Basset de Jolimont François Gabriel Théodore Basset de Jolimont was a French artist, lithographer, painter and antiquary.

Daniel Gurney is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
Daniel Gurney Daniel Gurney, was an English banker and antiquary from the Gurney family. Gurney was born at Earlham Hall, near Norwich, on 9 March 1791. He was youngest son of John Gurney of Earlham, Norfolk, ...more

Ephraim MacDowel Cosgrave is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
Ephraim MacDowel Cosgrave Ephraim McDowel Cosgrave was an eminent Irish physician, antiquary and writer.

James Bentham is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
James Bentham James Bentham was an English clergyman, antiquarian and historian of Ely Cathedral.

Arthur Agarde is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
Arthur Agarde Arthur Agarde was an English antiquary. He was born in Foston, Derbyshire. Agarde was trained as a lawyer, but entered the exchequer as a clerk. On the authority of Anthony à Wood it has ...more

Abraham Abell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
Abraham Abell Abraham Abell was an Irish antiquarian.

Jackie White is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
Jackie White Jackie White is an actor and an antique doll dealer.

Joseph Haslewood is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
Joseph Haslewood Joseph Haslewood, was an English writer and antiquary. He was a founder of the Roxburghe Club.

Myfanwy Edwards Roberts is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
Myfanwy Edwards Roberts is an antique dealer as well as a set and costume designer.

John Chambers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
John Chambers John Chambers was an English antiquarian and topographer.

Charles O'Conor is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
Charles O'Conor Charles O'Conor, O'Conor Don, also known as Charles O'Conor of Belanagare, was an Irish writer and antiquarian who was enormously influential as a protagonist for the preservation of Irish ...more

George Roberts is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
George Roberts George Roberts was an English schoolmaster and antiquary.

Henry Petrie is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Antiquarians
Henry Petrie Henry Petrie was an English antiquary and official.