Sir Francis Palgrave, FRS, born Francis Ephraim Cohen, (July 1788 – 6 July 1861) was an English archivist and historian. He is best known for his work at the Public Record Office and his numerous publications.
Palgrave (Cohen), Sir Francis, born in London, July 1788, died there July 6th, 1861, son of Mayer Cohen, a member of the London Stock Exchange. He was an infant prodigy. At the age of eight he made a translation of Homer’s “Battle of the Frogs” into French, which was published by his father (London, 1796). He embraced Christianity, and married a daughter of Dawson Turner, the historian. He was called to the bar in 1827, devoting himself to pedigree cases. In 1832 he published “The Rise and Progress of the English Commonwealth,” which is generally regarded as the earliest important study of…
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