Frederic Boase (7 October 1843 – 23 December 1916) was an English librarian and biographer.
He was born at Lariggan, Penzance, Cornwall to John Josias Arthur Boase (1801–1896), banker, and his wife, Charlotte née Scholl (1802–1873). The youngest of four boys and two girls, he went to school at Penzance and Bromsgrove grammar schools between 1855 and 1859. Unmarried, he died at St Leonards on 23 December 1916.
He was trained for the law, but did not make a career of it. He was admitted a solicitor on 31 January 1867, and went into practice at Exmouth, Devon. In 1877 he was appointed as librarian to the Incorporated Law Society, retiring in September 1903.
His major work was Modern English Biography. It was published in three volumes from 1892 to 1901. These were followed by a supplement of three volumes. The work eventually contained 30,000 biographies of people dying in the period 1851 to 1900.
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- Obituary, p. 40 in Notes and Queries, 12th Series vol. 3, 13 January 1917; archive.org.
- Keith Thomas, Changing Conceptions of National Biography: the Oxford DNB in historical perspective, Issues 9-10; Issue 12, p. 21; Google Books.
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