Blyke, Richard (DNB00)

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BLYKE, RICHARD (d. 1775). antiquary, son of Theophilus Blyke, deputy secretary-at-war, was a native of Hereford. He became deputy-auditor of the office of the Imprest, and was a fellow of the Royal Society and of the Society of Antiquaries. In 1704 he succeeded Cowper the poet as clerk of the journals, and he was a member of the committee appointed to prepare the rolls of parliament for the press. He died in 1775, and was buried in the churchyard of Isleworth, Middlesex. Blyke edited, in collaboration with John Topham, F.R.S., Serjeant Glanville's 'Reports of Determinations on Contested Elections,' 1775. He also made extensive manuscript collections, in twenty-two volumes of various sizes, for a topographical history of Herefordshire. These were purcliased at the sale of his library by Charles, duke of Norfolk.

[Aungier's Hist, of Syon Monastery, 171; Gough's British Topography, i. 410; Nichols's Illustr. of Lit. V. 435; Nichols's Lit. Anecd. ii. 204, iii. 206, 207, 250, 621, 743, viii. 488.]

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