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Correspondence and Papers of Roger Gale


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Three volumes of 'collections relating to the antiquitys of Britain etc' in the hand of Roger Gale, containing copies of his correspondence, 1715-44, and antiquarian discourses. The correspondents include Sir John Clerk, John Horsley, Maurice Johnson and William Stukeley. Each volume has a list of contents and an index. The last volume was completed by Gale's daughter-in-law Catherine; the first and second have occasional annotations by George Allan, who edited many of the letters and discourses for John Nichols, Bibliotheca Topographica Britannica (London: 1780-90), vol. iii.


  • 1715-44


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Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Top. gen. d. 74].
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MSS. Top. gen. d. 74-6

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12964

Biographical / Historical

Roger Gale (1672-1744) was an antiquary. See the Dictionary of National Biography for further details.

Other Finding Aids

A description is available in the Library, where there is also a card index to unpublished catalogues.

Custodial History

Bookplate of Henry Gale (grandson of Roger); presumably sold when Scruton Hall was demolished in 1953; bookplate of K.K. Wood.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought by the Library from Waterfields in 1984.


  • See Mary Clapinson 'Roger Gale, an eighteenth-century antiquary', Bodleian Library Record XII (1986), pp. 106-18.
Correspondence and Papers of Roger Gale
Susan Thomas
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