Palgrave, Francis (formerly Cohen; 1788–1861)
Archivist, historian, and contributor to both the Edinburgh Review and the Quarterly Review. Although he spent his early career in a solicitor’s office and later qualified for the Bar, Palgrave's historical and antiquarian interests won out. He was appointed a Sub-Commissioner of the Record Commission in 1822 and in the following year changed his name and converted from Judaism to Anglicanism on his marriage to Elizabeth (1799–1852), a daughter of Dawson Turner. He published widely on historical subjects and also edited numerous volumes of historical documents. In 1838 he became the executive head of the newly established Public Record Office, a post he held until his death. He was an occasional correspondent of Southey’s.