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Visitation of Staffordshire, by Rob. Glover, deputy for Will. Flower, Norroy, in 1583, 17th century

MS. Rawl. B. 417
Held at the Weston Library

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The following title, taken from the MS. from which this copy was made, is prefixed: "A copy of the visitation of Staffordshire, made by William Flower, Norroy king of armes in an. 1583, (the original having beene long since purloyned out of this office) which copy was taken from a transcript thereof sometime belonging to Edward Gwyn, late of Furnivalls Inne, in com. Midd. (but now in the library of Willm. Peirpont, of Thoresby, in com. Nott., esqr.) of William Dugdale, esqr., Norroy king of armes, and given into this society, an. 1661. In which transcript though there be divers errors and mistakes, yet considering that the originall is thus lost, it was thought better to preserve a copy which may possibly in time be rectified, then to have nothing at all thereof." To this account the transcriber of this MS. has added these words: "This is the title my master put to his booke."

The arms are in a few cases given very roughly in trick.

MS. coreections in Quarto Catalogue R. 6. 5.: Transcribed by Henry Johnston, Jan 1668; see MS. Top. Yorks. c. 30, fol. 256. (Henry Johnston, brother of Nathaniel, a clerk of Dugdale.)


  • Creation: 17th century


16 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Rawl. B. 417

Custodial History

Belonged to P. Le Neve; see Le Neve sales Cat., 1731, p. 117.

Related Materials

This copy differs from that in MS. Rawl. B. 269, in the forms of some of the names, in being continued in some instances to the year 1601, and in not containing all the pedigrees which are in the latter copy. Respecting the omitted pedigrees the following note is added at fol. 15b: "There was divers descents more which were transcribed into the same booke, which it is not certaine that they were ever entred in any visitation of that county; wherefore I thought good to let them passe, considering the many errors and mistakes which are in them."

Physical Facet

On paper, in quarto


Repository Details

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