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Arms in Suffolk and Essex churches and houses

Reference code
Arms in Suffolk and Essex churches and houses
1560-16th century
Level of description
Extent and format
Paper; ff. iii + a-d, 1a-c, 1-29, 39-49, 32-7.
Half leather binding, brown, with marbled boards. Short contents list in the hand of John Anstis, Garter (d. 1744), fol. iii. Bookplate of Foster Stearns, fol. i.
Scope and content
Arms in Suffolk and a few Essex churches, and in some twenty Suffolk houses, in the hand of William Hervey, Clarenceux, collected during his visitation of Suffolk, 1560-1 (cf. College of Arms SAL/MS/G. 7), with other heraldic material; mid 16th century. The present MS appears to be an unfinished fair copy from Hervey's rough notes in BL Add. MS 4969 (see index by John A. Goodall, FSA). The Suffolk collections are preceded by a fragment of a different MS containing arms, in trick, of Kings of Scotland and their Queens, and of Scottish nobility, fols. a-c, and rough tricks of arms relating to marriages of Golding, Stowell and Fosque, etc., fols. c verso-d verso. Suffolk collections:- (1) Tricks of arms in Suffolk and a few Essex churches, Suffolk houses, matches of Townsend, Shelton, Clare, etc. (fols. 28v-9, 48v-9v). fols. 1a-c (index), 1-29, 39-49v;- (2) List of monuments, windows, etc., in some of the above churches, with a pedigree by Hervey of the Everarde family (fols. 36v-7). fols. 32 (index), 33-7. Pencil note by (Sir) William Le Neve (fol. 33), written between 1625-34: 'The Church Collections of Mr. Harvy Clarenceulx now in the hands of Wm Le Neve yorke Herauld'. Le Neve lent the MS to John Weever; see J. Blatchly, The Topographers of Suffolk (5th ed., 1988), 32. The most recent edition of Hervey's visitation is Joan Corder, Visitation of Suffolk 1561, Harl. Soc., N. S. 2 (1981), 3 (1984).
Harvey, William (d 1567), herald
Previous reference number(s)
MS 676