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An ordinary of about 6,000 English arms, Written about 1620

MS. Marshall 20
Held at the Weston Library

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An ordinary of about 6,000 English arms, arranged alphabetically under first letters only, often with sketches in the text of the appropriate charge: beg. Avenell, Acton, Arblaster, Arderne, Abott.

Interleaved for additions with mutilated summonses to owners of property with defective title, as that on fol. 31v (cf. fol. 74v) dated from the Court at Whitehall Jan. 14, 1613/14, and signed by 'H. Northampton, Gilb. Shrewsbury, sir Jul. Caesar, sir Tho. Parry, sir Laur. Tanfilde'. Other examples concern the manor of Maplested, co. Essex (fol. 11v), Redenhall, co. Norfolk (fol. 12v), Hemelhempsted, co. Hertford (fol. 23v), Blofield, Boston (fol. 47v), and Colveston (fol. 66v) in Norfolk.


  • Creation: Written about 1620


78 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Marshall 20

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. II, no. 5254

Custodial History

Owned in the 17th cent. by Thomas Knight, Chester Herald, and John Sayer (fol. 1v).

Manuscript (22).

Physical Facet

On paper


12 1/2 × 8 3/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom