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College of Arms

Reference code
College of Arms
mid 17th - early 18th century
Level of description
Extent and format
ff. vi + 145.
Cloth binding, light brown, mottled and marbled, with marbled endpapers.
Scope and content
Papers connected with the College of Arms, some relating to Gregory King (Lancaster Herald 1689-1712), etc.; mid 17th-early 18th century. Main contents are copies of funeral certificates and other memoranda conc. funeral arrangements, inscriptions for or from coffin plates (deposita) and church monuments, pedigrees and other genealogical notes. Letter to Gregory King from his father enclosing copies of inscriptions on 'scochings' (?escutcheons), evidently from framed examples on paper, at the Swan and the George, Lichfield, 22 Jan. 1684/5, fol. 43. Copy of minutes of a chapter held at the College of Arms, 5 Apr. 1688, fol. 46r,v. Miscellaneous items include:- Extracts from the parish register of St Swithin London Stone, 1615-64, fols. 62-5v; copy of the will of Henry Kighley of Bromley, 26 May 1520, fol. 109; a diagrammatic town plan (?an ideal plan for the rebuilding of the City of London after the Great Fire of 1666), including, on a riverside site measuring 2,400 x 4,400 feet, locations for a palace, Archbishop's palace, court of Admiralty, E.India house, etc., fol. 112; extracts conc. the Batson family from the parish register of Highworth, Wilts, fol. 118r,v; drawing (pen and blue wash) of the monument of John Beaufort, Duke of Somerset (d. 1444) and his wife, in Wimborne Minster, fols. 137v-8, and an engraving of the monument of Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond, in Westminster Abbey (proof from F.Sandford, A Genealogical History of the Kings of England (1677), 330), fol. 139, with a drawing of the same seen from above, fol. 143. Some additions by Peter Le Neve, Norroy, PSA, eg. fols. 21-2. Contents list, fol. vi.
King, Gregory (1648-1712), herald, genealogist and statistician
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Archival history
Purchased from J. Norris of Margate, 24 Nov. 1911 (fol. v verso).