Hawkins, Edward (1780 -1867)
Edward Hawkins, of Court Herbert, Swansea, was the son of Edward Hawkins, banker of Macclesfield, and was educated at Macclesfield Grammar School. A partner in the Swansea Bank, and Manager of Neath Abbey Copper Works until 1807, he married, in 1806, his cousin Eliza, daughter of Major Rhode. A keen botanist, numismatist and antiquary, Fellow of the Royal Society, the Linnaean Society and the Society of Antiquaries, he was Keeper of Antiquities at the British Museum from 1826 1860. His library, with that of his son Edward Hawkins junior, was sold in London by Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge 20 29 November 1868. It included a great many books on Cheshire.