Dugdale, Sir William

Dugdale, Sir William, an English antiquary, was born in Warwickshire, September 12, 1605, and devoted his life chiefly to the study of English antiquities. He died February 10, 1686. Among his writings, the most notable is the Monasticon Anglicanum (1655-73, 3 volumes, fol. London; new ed. of volume 1:1682; 3d edit. 1817-29, 8 volumes, fol.), containing an account of the religious houses of England, with abundant illustrative plates; an English version (probably by James Wright), abridged, appeared in 1692, and another in 1718 (fol.), probably by John Stevens, who also published The History of the Ancient Abbeys, Monasteries, etc., being two additional volumes to Dugdale's Monasticon (2 volumes, fol. 1722-23). Dugdale also wrote a History of St. Paul's Cathedral (1716, fol.; 2d edit. by Ellis, London, 1818). — Kippis, Biographia Britannica, 5:479.

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