(1783–1861) †Antiquarian. The son of a Sheffield cutler, Hunter was adopted by a Unitarian minister and himself became the minister of Trim Street Chapel, Bath. There he wrote the history of his native district in Hallamshire (1819) and the two volumes of South Yorkshire: The History and Topography of the Deanery of Doncaster (1828–31). Further works included A Hallamshire Glossary (1829), and an edition of The Diary of Ralph Thoresby (1830) for the Camden Society. In 1833 he became sub-commissioner, and five years later assistant keeper, at the newly established Public Record Office. There he was responsible for editing Pipe Rolls, feet of fines, and the Valor Ecclesiasticus. He also made the first serious study of the Robin Hood legends and wrote about early English literature and the first emigrants to America.
From The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History in Oxford Reference.