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Two hundred and thirty-six English coats of arms, copied (chiefly in trick, but a few in colours) by Anthony à Wood, 1656-1657

MS. Rawl. B. 8
Held at the Weston Library

  • Request

Anthony à Wood's name, with the dates 1656 and 1657, occurs on the first fly-leaf, followed by this note; "These were drawne by me when I first practized heraldry."

With reference to the greater part of the book, which consists apparently of a roll of arms of the time of Edw. I., and which is copied from MS. Laud 649 (Bodl.), Wood quotes this account from the MS. which he used: "These armes were taken forth of a verry antient roll of parchment, soe worne as they were scarsely to be discerned; 1585" (rectius, 1589); and then adds, "and now transcribed from thence, A. D. 1657."


  • Creation: 1656-1657


90 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Rawl. B. 8


  • Many of these shields of arms are engraved in Nicolas' Siege of Carlaverock , in quarto. Lond. 1828.

Physical Facet

On paper, in octavo


Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom