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Henry Bourne (born 1694 in Newcastle Upon Tyne - died 1733) was an English historian. He was the son of a tailor and it was planned by his father that he would be apprenticed as a glazier; however his promise was such that he was sent to the Royal Free Grammar School where he flourished, winning a scholarship to Cambridge under the tutelage of The Reverend Mr. Thomas Atherton, a fellow Novocastrian.[1]

Bourne was appointed curate at All Hallows Church in Newcastle in 1724 and held the position until his death in 1733.

In 1725 Bourne published his most acclaimed work, Antiquities of the Common People.

His huge and very complete history of Newcastle was not quite finished upon his death, but was published 1736 under the title The History of Newcastle upon Tyne, or the Ancient and Present State of that Town.


  1. ^ Myers Literary Guide 2004[1]

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