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William Oldys (1696–1761)

Oldys, William. An English biographer and antiquary, born, July 14, 1696; died on April 15, 1761. In 1737 he succeeded to the care of Lord Oxford’s (the Harleian) library, the catalogue of which was partly drawn up by him. He wrote: ‘Life of Sir Walter Raleigh’; ‘The British Librarian’; ‘The Universal Spectator’; 22 lives in the ‘Biographia Britannica.’ His most valuable and curious work is an annotated copy, now in the British Museum, of Langbaine’s ‘Account of the Early Dramatick Poets.’