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Account book of Mary Gofton

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MS. Eng. e. 3651
Held at the Weston Library

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The volume includes details of household and personal expenditure in London, and also occasionally in places connected with her family, Brimpsfield and Miserden in Gloucestershire (Sandys), Haydon in Essex (Soames) and Hartley Mauduit, Hampshire (Steward). With (fols. 103-17) accounts of winnings and losses at cards, with the names of opponents. It is written by Mary herself, using very unconventional, often phonetic spelling. For further details see Bodleian Library Record Vol. 22 no. 1 (Apr. 2009).


  • Creation: 1645-1649


119 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. e. 3651, fols. 1-2].

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MS. Eng. e. 3651

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 6290


Account book of Mary Gofton, 1645-1649.

Biographical / Historical

Mary Gofton (c.1601-1686) was the daughter of Sir John Hanbury of Kelmarsh (Northamptonshire) and London, merchant (d. 1639). She married Sir Miles Sandys of Miserden, Gloucestershire, 30 Nov. 1622 at St. Bartholomew the Less, London. They had two sons, William and Edward, and a daughter Mary, who married Sir Nicholas Steward alias Stuart (1617-1710), 1st Baronet of Hartley Mauduit, Hampshire, in 1641. She married secondly Thomas Richardson in 1642, who appears to have died shortly afterwards. In February 1647 she married John Gofton, again in St. Bartholomew. She died in 1686 (information from online International Genealogical Index). There are several references to these family members in the accounts, including payments for presents to her grandchildren, and (fol. 17) payments towards the composition fine for her son Edward ('Ned') Sandys.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought, Christopher Edwards, Antiquarian Books and Manuscripts, Dec. 2008

Sponsored in honour of Lane and her mum, also by David Vaisey, Jean Velecky and Richard Youard, Duke Humfrey's Night, 2 Oct. 2010.

Physical Facet

Binding: limp Vellum; 'No. (4)' on front cover.

Account book of Mary Gofton
EAD version 2018
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom