Cade, John (1734-1806) (DNB00)

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CADE, JOHN (1734–1806), antiquary, was born in January 1734, at Darlington, where he was educated at the free grammar school. Entering the house of a wholesale linendraper in London, he in a few years was promoted to the first position in the counting-house, and subsequently became a partner in a branch of the concern at Dublin. Having obtained a sufficient competency, he retired from business, and occupied himself with antiquarian studies. He collected illustrations for a copy of Bishop Gibson's edition of Camden's ‘Britannia,’ and also supplied Gough with many corrections for his edition. He sent to Nichols ‘Some Conjectures on the Formation of Peat-mosses in the mountainous parts of the Counties of Durham, Northumberland, &c.,’ printed in the ‘Gentleman's Magazine,’ lix. 967. Though not a member of the Society of Antiquaries, he contributed several papers to their ‘Archæologia,’ including ‘Conjectures concerning some undescribed Roman Roads and other Antiquities in the County of Durham,’ vii. 74; ‘A Letter from Rev. Dr. Sharp, Archdeacon of Northumberland, to Mr. Cade,’ ib. 82; ‘Conjectures on the name of the Roman Station Vinovium or Birchester,’ ib. ix. 276; and ‘Some Observations on the Roman Station of Cataractonium, with an account of the Antiquities in the neighbourhood of Piersbridge and Gainford; in a letter to Richard Gough, Esq.,’ ib. x. 54. He died at Gainford 10 Dec. 1806, and was buried at Darlington.

[Nichols's Lit. Anecd. viii. 313–28; Gent. Mag. vol. lxxvi. pt. ii. p. 1252.]

T. F. H.