Thomas Dudley Fosbroke

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The Rev. Thomas Dudley Fosbroke (sometime Fosbrooke) (May 27, 1770 – January 1, 1842),[1] English antiquary.

Life[edit]

Fosbroke was born in London. He was educated at St Paul's School and Pembroke College, Oxford, graduating MA in 1792. In that year he was ordained and became curate of Horsley, Gloucestershire, where he remained till 1810. He then removed to Walford in Herefordshire, and remained there the rest of his life, as curate until 1830, and afterwards as vicar.

In 1799 he was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. His first important work, British Monachism (2 volumes, 1802), was a compilation, from manuscripts in the British Museum and Bodleian libraries, of facts relating to English monastic life. The work for which he is best remembered, the Encyclopaedia of Antiquities, appeared in 1824. A sequel to this, Foreign Topography, was published in 1828. Fosbroke published many other volumes, including a detailed examination of the customs observed by English Monks and Nuns "British Monachism."

Selected publications[edit]

  • British Monachism, or, Manners and Customs of the Monks and Nuns of England, 1802.
  • An Original History of the City of Gloucester, 1819.
  • Encyclopaedia of Antiquities, 1825 (2nd edn. 1840).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brian S. Smith, ‘Fosbroke , Thomas Dudley (1770–1842)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 accessed 6 Jan 2012



Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.