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Published Mar 2015

Archaeopress Archaeology


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Archaeological Lives

Bryan Faussett: Antiquary Extraordinary

By David Wright

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A biography of Bryan Faussett, F.S.A., (1720-1776), pioneering Kent genealogist, archaeologist and antiquary who, at his death, had amassed the world’s greatest collection of Anglo-Saxon jewellery and antiquities.



Bryan Faussett – A Chronology ;
Chapter 1: Godfreys and Faussetts ;
Chapter 2: A World of Antiquarianism ;
Chapter 3: Birth, Education and Marriage ;
Chapter 4: Siblings, Curacies and Scholarship ;
Chapter 5: The First Two Campaigns ;
Chapter 6: A Scholar and his Friends ;
Chapter 7: A Vicar at Last ;
Chapter 8: The Summit of a Career ;
Chapter 9: Three More Campaigns ;
Chapter 10: Final Excavations ;
Chapter 11: A Gentleman’s House and Home ;
Chapter 12: A Society Reborn ;
Chapter 13: Three Pioneers ;
Chapter 14: From Heppington to Liverpool ;
Chapter 15: Publication and Adulation ;
Chapter 16: Anglo-Saxon Death and Burial ;
Chapter 17: Treasures Indeed ;
Chapter 18: The Descent of Genes

About the Author

David Wright has known the county of Kent all his life. He studied classics, palaeography and Anglo-Saxon at University College, London, before being invited to become one of its teaching fellows, when he soon gained further loves of history, both ancient and mediaeval. Whilst practising as a professional genealogist for nearly four decades, he has taught, lectured and written about Kent’s historical sources, and also produced several indexes to the county’s very rich probate records. Bryan Faussett was a quintessentially Georgian cleric and antiquary whose extraordinary archaeological career and collections are modestly well known within the county, but deserve far greater national recognition. It is hoped that this biography may further that aim.