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Sir Thomas Reade (1782–1849) [1] was a British army officer during the Napoleonic Wars, known also as a collector.

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In 1799, at the age of sixteen, he ran away from home to enlist in the army and participate in campaigns in Holland, Egypt and America, as well as postings across Europe. Reade was also a scholar and antiquarian and collected a range of artefacts, much of which is held in the British Museum today. [2]

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References

  1. Sir Thomas Reade (Biographical details) - British Museum
  2. Dr Jo Wright. "Sir Thomas Reade: The 'Nincumpoop' Collector of Arabic Manuscripts". Qatar Digital Library. Retrieved 28 January 2018.