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Devon - Biography

Published and on-line individual biographies are listed on a separate set of Biographies pages.

Listing of some famous Devonians (archived copy), by Shirley Turner.

Devonshire Biopics - John Lerwill's collection of biographies of "Interesting Devonians", based on obituary notices.

Devon Obituaries, extracted from the Gentleman's Magazine for 1840, 1841 and 1842, by William Cooke.

Devon Perspectives - A personal view of some of Devon's favourite places and characters in words and pictures. (Includes articles on Charles Babbage, William Crossing, John Hawley, Bampfylde Moore Carew, Thomas Henson and Sir John Fitz.)

Baring-Gould, S. Devonshire Characters and Strange Events (London, 1908) [Table of Contents] [Index] [Extracts] [Full text]
Chope, R.P. The Worthies of Devon, The Devonian Year Book, London: The London Devonian Association (1910), illus. pp. 39-90. [Index]
Chope, R.P. Prominent Living Devonians, The Devonian Year Book, London: The London Devonian Association (1911), illus. pp. 42-61. [Index]
Chope, R.P. The Worthies of Devon: Addenda, The Devonian Year Book, London: The London Devonian Association (1912), illus. pp. 32-41. [Index]
Clarke, J. Exploring the West Country: A woman's guide. London: Virago Press (1987), pp. 171, ill. [ISBN 0-86068-601-9] [Index]
Clay, Emily. Extraordinary Parsons of Devon and Cornwall, Exeter, Devon Books (1986) 74 pp. [WCSL: s283.0922/WES/CLA] [Index]
Cotton, R W (Ed). Eighth Report of the Committee on Devonshire Celebrities. Trans. Devon Assoc Vol. 19 (1887), pp. 95-101. [Index]
Cresswell, B.F. A Book of Devonshire Parsons, London, Heath Granton (1932) 192p.
Edwards, Alfred. A notice of some remarkable Devonshire centenarians. Trans. Devon Assoc. Vol. 15 (1883), pp. 441-446. [Index]
Fuller, Thomas. (1811). History of the Worthies of England. Vol I:. London: John Nicholls (1811), 601 pp. [Index to Devonshire Section]
Gaskell, Ernest. Devonshire Leaders: Social and Political. Published for Private Circulation. (c190-).
Green, Richard. Exeter Centenarian: An Interesting interview, Devon Famiy Historian, vol. 97, (2001) pp.24-26. [Contains a copy of an article from the Exeter Flying Post, 15 Mar 1899, about Richard Davie, originally of Newton St Cyres and Tedburn St Mary]
Gribble, Francis. The Romance of the Men of Devon, (1912) 282 pp. [Index]
Hamblin, Eleanor and Hamblin, Edith. Leading Lights of Devon (1973). [Devon FHS Library pBC]
Hawker, Rev. Treasurer (Ed). First Report of the Committee on Devonshire Celebrities. Trans. Devon Assoc.. vol. 9 (1877), pp. 103-119. [Index]
Hawker, Rev. Treasurer (Ed). Second Report of the Committee on Devonshire Celebrities. Trans. Devon Assoc.. vol. 10 (1878), pp. 108-109. [Index]
Hawker, Rev. Treasurer (Ed). Third Report of the Committee on Devonshire Celebrities. Trans. Devon Assoc.. vol. 11 (1879), pp. 112-116. [Index]
Hawker, Rev. Treasurer (Ed). Fourth Report of the Committee on Devonshire Celebrities. Trans. Devon Assoc.. vol. 12 (1880), pp. 114-116. [Index]
Hawker, Rev. Treasurer (Ed). Fifth Report of the Committee on Devonshire Celebrities. Trans. Devon Assoc.. vol. 13 (1881), pp. 75-77. [Index]
Hawker, Rev. Treasurer (Ed). Seventh Report of the Committee on Devonshire Celebrities. Trans. Devon Assoc.. vol. 15 (1883), pp. 71-74. [Index]
Holgate, Mike. A Devonshire Christmas, The History Press Ltd (2009) 192 pp. [ISBN-10: 0752451707] [Essays about persons connected with Devon, including Brunel, Wilde, Kipling, and Christie.]
Kearley Wright, W.H. West-Country Poets: their lives and works: being an account of about four hundred verse writers of Devon and Cornwall with poems and extracts. London: Elliot Stock (1896). [Index] [Partial transcription]
Marlow, Barbara. Rags to Riches: The stories of five entrepreneurial families whose prosperity began in eighteenth century Devon, Blue Horse (2012). [Family names: Rendle, Croad, Dickin, King, Chappel Hodge]
Miller, Helen Hill. Captains from Devon: The Great Elizabethan Seafarers Who Won the Oceans for England, Chapel Hill, NC, Algonquin Books (1985). [0-912697-27-X]
Murray, Sir Oswyn, (Ed.). Biographical dictionary of Devon incumbents (20 vols.), Manuscript (1930). [D&CRS Library, Exeter: R CLE]
Pengelly, W. Notes on slips connected with Devonshire. Part I. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 9 (1877), pp. 351-360. [Index]
Pengelly, W. Notes on slips connected with Devonshire. Part II. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 10 (1878), pp. 255-268. [Index]
Pengelly, W. Notes on slips connected with Devonshire. Part III. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 11 (1879), pp. 358-370. [Index]
Pengelly, W. Notes on slips connected with Devonshire. Part IV. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 13 (1881), pp. 299-316. [Index]
Pengelly, W. Notes on slips connected with Devonshire. Part V. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 14 (1882), pp. 592-602. [Index]
Pengelly, W. Notes on slips connected with Devonshire. Part VI. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 15 (1883), pp. 211-230. [Index]
Pengelly, W. Notes on slips connected with Devonshire. Part VII. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 16 (1884), pp. 605-626. [Index]
Pengelly, W. Prince's 'Worthies of Devon' and the Dictionary of National Biography, Part I, Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 17 (1885), pp. 199-214. [Index]
Pengelly, W. Prince's 'Worthies of Devon' and the Dictionary of National Biography, Part II, Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 18 (1886), pp. 269-369. [Index]
Pengelly, W. Prince's 'Worthies of Devon' and the Dictionary of National Biography, Part III, Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol 19, (1887), pedigrees, pp. 217-348. [Index]
Pridham, T.L.. Devonshire Celebrities: Social and Political. Exeter (1869) 236p. [Contents] [Index]
Prince, J. Worthies of Devon: A Work Wherein the Lives and Fortunes of The Most Famous Divines, Statesmen, Swordsmen, Physicians, Writers, and Other Eminent Persons, Natives of that most noble Province... , London, (1810) xxxvii + 785pp + x. [Biographies of eminent Devonians] [Available on CD from Archive CD] [Internet Archive copy]
Prince, J. Danmonii Orientales Illustres (two vols.), MSS (1716). [PWRDO 373] [An unpublished continuation of his published book of biographies of eminent Devonians] [Contents listing].
Pycroft, George. Art in Devonshire, Part I. Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 13, (1881), pp. 218-240. [Index]
Pycroft, George. Art in Devonshire, Part II. Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 14, (1882), pp. 278-316. [Index]
Pycroft, George. Art in Devonshire, with the biographies of Artists born in that County, Exeter & London, (1883) 158 pp. [Index (pp.1-81), Index (pp.81-156)]
Royal Archaeological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. Catalogue of an Exhibition of Portraits of Departed Worthies Connected with the Counties of Devon and Cornwall. Exeter: Royal Albert Memorial Museum (1873) 37 pp. [Index]
Slader, J.M. Dicky Slader: The Exmoor Pedlar Poet. David & Charles, Dawlish (1963) [Index]
White, J.T. Devoniana, Part II: Art in Devonshire. Trans. Devon. Assoc., 15, (1883), pp. 447-452. [Index]
Willcocks, W.K. Notes on Prince's Lives of Sir William Pole and Thomas Risdon. Trans. Devon. Assoc., Vol 18, (1886), pp. 261-268. [Index]
Who's Who in Devonshire, Hereford, Wilson & Phillips (1934) 294 pp. [Index]