JOHN NICHOLS [1745-1826], a London printer and publisher, was editor of the Gentleman's Magazine from 1788 until his death. His notable works include The Original Works of William King (1776) and British Topography (1780, with Richard Gough). He was a fellow of London's Society of Antiquaries and an honorary member of similar societies in Edinburgh and Perth.
RICHARD GOUGH [1735-1809] was an eminent antiquarian. A regular correspondent of the Gentleman's Magazine, he was the author of numerous works including Sepulchral Monuments of Great Britain (1786) and an edition of Camden's Britannia (1789). Like Nichols, he was a fellow of London's Society of Antiquaries. He bequeathed his important library to Oxford's Bodleian Library.