William Henry Blaauw

William Henry Blaauw

William Henry Blaauw (1793–1870) was an English antiquarian and historian, particularly active in Sussex.


Blaauw was born in London on 25 May 1793. His father William Blaauw was a Dutch immigrant; his mother Louisa Puller was daughter of Christopher Puller of Woodford.[1] He was educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford, where, taking a first class in classics, he graduated B.A. in 1813, and M.A. in 1815. He was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1850, was treasurer of the Camden Society for many years, and was a member of other learned societies.[2]

Blaauw lived at Newick in East Sussex, and founded the Sussex Archaeological Society in 1846. He was the editor of the society's journal, Sussex Archaeological Collections, until 1856, when the eighth volume was issued; and was its honorary secretary until 1867.[2]

Blaauw died on 26 April 1870.[2]

Beechland House, Newick, around 1830. In 1834 Blaauw bought this house.[1]


Blaauw's major work was a history of the Second Barons' War, first published in 1844. A revised edition was issued posthumously by Charles Henry Pearson as editor in 1871.[2]

Between 1846 and 1861 Blaauw contributed papers on Sussex archæology to the Sussex Archæological Collections. He communicated a paper on Queen Matilda and her daughter to Archæologia (xxxii. 108) in 1846, and he showed archæological objects at meetings of the Society of Antiquaries and Archæological Institute.[2]


Blaauw married first Harriet King in 1825.[1] She was daughter of John King who was Permanent Under-Secretary for the Home Department in 1791, son of Dr. James King, and a younger brother of James King F.R.S. and Walker King; he was briefly a Member of Parliament in 1806, and had married Harriot Margaret, daughter of Charles Moss.[3][4][5] Dying in 1828, Harriet left him two daughters who did not survive long. He then married Margaret Emily Gillman, daughter of Sir John St Leger Gillman, Baronet; they had a son and daughter who survived Blaauw.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 4 Farrant, John H. "Blaauw, William Henry". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/2488. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. 1 2 3 4 5  Stephen, Leslie, ed. (1886). "Blaauw, William Henry". Dictionary of National Biography. 5. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  3. Merete Falck Borch (1 January 2004). Conciliation, Compulsion, Conversion: British Attitudes Towards Indigenous Peoples, 1763-1814. Rodopi. p. 296. ISBN 90-420-1942-5.
  4. John Nichols (1827). The Gentleman's Magazine. E. Cave. p. 270.
  5. "King, John (1759-1830), History of Parliament Online". Retrieved 22 February 2015.


 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Stephen, Leslie, ed. (1886). "Blaauw, William Henry". Dictionary of National Biography. 5. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 

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