Rev William Greenwell (Biographical details)

Rev William Greenwell (cleric/religious official; archaeologist; collector; British; Male; 1820 - 1918)

Also known as

Greenwell, William


British archaeologist, antiquarian and collector. Born at Greenwell Ford in County Durham, rose to be a minor canon and Librarian of Durham Cathedral. Excavated over 300 barrows mostly in the north of England, objects from which were sold to the British Museum in 1879. Also amassed a collection of other antiquities, largely prehistoric, which were sold variously to other collectors (and the BM) but most notably to John Pierpont Morgan (q.v.), who donated them to the BM in 1908 (registered in the BM as WG numbers in 1909).


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