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Pedigrees and other notes, mostly relating to Staffordshire, compiled by William Wyrley

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Pedigrees and other notes, mostly relating to Staffordshire, compiled by William Wyrley
16th century
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Extent and format
ff. i, iii (lacks ii) + 116.
Modern cloth binding, brown (1987). '252', fol. 1.
Scope and content
'William Wyrley his booke' (fol. 1). Pedigrees, heraldic and church notes, mostly relating to Staffordshire, compiled mainly by William Wyrley (1565-1618), Rouge Croix Pursuivant 1604; mostly compiled late 16th century.

The heraldic material includes:- Arms of Staffordshire gentry from an ancient manuscript in the College of Arms (from the last County Roll, supplying some names and arms not in SAL/MS/664/4, fols. 12v-14v; inf. J. A. Goodall, FSA), fols. 4v-5; arms, with descriptive phrases, beginning 'Le roy Henri deu nous doint Joyie de..', embroidered on a piece of cloth 'of Tyssue', fol. 7v; arms in Lichfield Cathedral, fols. 14-16v; arms on the Valence tombs at Westminster Abbey' of my boyse takyng outt..', fol. 50v; arms on a fan made for one of the Boughtons, fol. 54v. Pedigrees, throughout, with excerpts from charters, include families of Wyrley, 1592, fols. 58-62, Comberford and Heronville, fols. 63v-71, with their arms, fol. 55; autograph letter of Sampson Erdeswyk (antiquary, mentor of Wyrley, d. 1603) to William Comberford, 12 Jan. 1593/4, relating to the families of Comberford and Heronville, fols. 31-2v. Church notes, fols. 83-105v. Miscellaneous items relate to:- A committal for recusancy of Richard Bidulph (Biddulph) with a form of protestation to be signed by him, Jan. 1588/9, fol. 33r, v; Latin verses on changes of English kings, beginning 'Anglorum mores, perversi deteriores', fol. 56v. Indexes, fols. 107v-8. Coloured shields, crests, etc., from the church of Stoke Rocheford (Kirkstoke), Lincs., including those on the brass (1503) of Oliver St John and his wife Elizabeth (Bigod), from a different MS, bound in at fols. 115-16.
Wyrley, William (1565-1618), antiquary and herald
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MS 99
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