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An Alphabet of Arms, or general armory, written chiefly in the 17th cent.

MS. Top. Devon b. 5

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Almost all the names are English; written in the first half of the 17th century (Abberbury-Zusto). A large number of notes, chiefly biographical, have been added in the 17th cent. and later by Dorset writers.

At fol. 219b follows what was once a separate volume, with:
  1. an index by heraldic bearings to the foregoing armory
  2. (fol. 246)'The meaning, definition or discription of severall words vsed in Heraldry'
  3. (fol. 254) a list of sheriffs of Devon to 1633, with additions to 1746
  4. etc.
There are a few coloured arms, and armorial bookplates of Andrew Quick and Francis Hall.


  • written chiefly in the 17th cent.


264 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Top. Devon b. 5

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. IV, no 22758

Custodial History

'John Northcote his booke. 1654. etc.': 'This Manuscript was purchased by me of the Executors of Dr [William] Hallett physician in Exeter 1754 J: Milles', with the armorial bookplate of the latter.

Physical Facet

On paper


16 3/8 × 11 in.

Repository Details

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