Samuel Hibbert-Ware

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Samuel Hibbert-Ware

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Born21 April 1782
Died30 December 1848 (1848-12-31) (aged 66)

Samuel Hibbert-Ware FRSE FSA (21 April 1782 – 30 December 1848), born Samuel Hibbert in St Ann's Square Manchester, was an English geologist and antiquarian.


He was the eldest son of Samuel Hibbert (d.1815), a linen yarn merchant, and his wife Sarah Ware, from Dublin.[1]

Hibbert was granted an MD and became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He served as the secretary of the Society of Scottish Antiquarians, a member of the Royal Medical and Wernerian Societies of Edinburgh, as well as a member of the Philosophical Society of Manchester.

His book Sketches of the Philosophy of Apparitions (1825) is an early skeptical work that gave possible physical and physiological explanations for sightings of ghosts.[2]

He died at Hale Barns, Altrincham in Cheshire on 30 December 1848. He is buried in Ardwick cemetery in Manchester.[3]



  1. ^ Sutton, C. W. (2004). "Ware, Samuel Hibbert– (1782–1848)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. Retrieved 25 May 2010. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ "Sketches of the Philosophy of Apparitions". Cambridge University Press.
  3. ^ Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0-902-198-84-X.

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