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William Henry Duignan

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Nationality  British
Occupation  Solicitor

Name  William Duignan
Died  March 27, 1914
Born  August 16, 1824 (1824-08-16) Walsall, England
Known for  Antiquarian, writer, local politician

William Henry Duignan (16 August 1824 – 27 March 1914) was a solicitor who lived in and around the town of Walsall for his entire life. He was better known as an antiquarian, writer, historian and local politician and wrote a number of books and pamphlets about local history and especially on the etymology of place naming, many of which are still available today.



Duignan was born of Irish descent in Walsall in 1824; his grandfather, latterly a master at Walsall Grammar School, had emigrated to England from County Longford. He had three children, Florency-Mary, Ernest-Henry, and George-Stubbs, by Mary Minors, of Fisherwick, whom he married in 1850; and a further three children, Bernard, Carl, and Oscar, by Jenny Petersen, of Stockholm, whom he married in 1868. An antiquarian and etymologist, he wrote three histories of place names and a monograph on Rushall Hall, where he had lived for 29 years. He travelled widely around Britain and Ireland, earning the nickname "the man on a tricycle" after his preferred mode of travel. He was often accompanied in his travels by the Staffordshire businessman and writer Willam Henry Robinson.


Duignan's most widely known works are his three etymologies of place names in the West Midlands, Notes on Staffordshire Place Names (1902), Worcestershire Place Names (1905), and Warwickshire Place Names (1912); all are still available in reproduction form today.


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