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Various heraldic tracts and miscellanies, collected by William Smith, Rouge Dragon pursuivant, bulk: 1586

MS. Rawl. B. 120
Held at the Weston Library

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The following title is prefixed: "The image of heraldrye: shewing divers secrett matters and secrettes touchinge heraldrye: wherein is described the true path-waye to obtaine that excellent science: fitt for to be knowne and readde of all those whiche are desirous to searche therein. Written ano Domini 1586, et anno regni Reginæ Elizabethæ vicesimo nono."

At the end of the volume, reversed, is an account of receipts for timber sold to Harry Vane, Thomas Browning, and others, from 1703 to 1709.

Originally 221 leaves but many are now missing: (fols. 1-8, 17-22, 32-84, 93-94, 99-112, 110-122, 127-132, 135-149, 157-159, 162-180) are wanting.


  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1586


221 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Rawl. B. 120

Custodial History

In tegmine exteriori literæ initiales nominis cujusdam possessoris, H. T., impressæ sunt; et in folio adinitium supervacaneo est hæc nota, manu Ric. Rawlinson: "This was wrote by Wm. Smith, Rouge Dragon, a very industrious officer in the college of arms, temp. Elizab. Regin. Thus Mr. Anstis."

Physical Facet

On paper, in folio


Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom