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Orielton decoy and ringing books


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Comprises two decoy books and three ringing books from Orielton, Pembrokeshire, compiled by Colonel Saurin and H.A. Gilbert.


  • 1877-1950, n.d.


0.25 Linear metres (2 physical shelfmarks)

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Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, where available, e.g. MS. 15046/1, fols. 1-2].
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MSS. 15046/1-2

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 15046


Decoy and ringing books from Orielton in Pembrokeshire, compiled by Colonel Saurin and H.A. Gilbert.

Biographical / Historical

The first known house at Orielton, in Pembrokeshire, was built by the Wyrriott family in c.1200. The house later passed to the Owen family estates, through marriage. In 1656, a new house was built by Hugh Owen, near the site of the present house, which is thought to have been built by Sir Arthur Owen in 1743. The estate was sold to Mark Saurin, in 1857, and then to Mackworth Praed in c.1900, who probably built the decoy lake in front of the house in c.1919, used for shooting, and then bird ringing and other ornithological research. In 1938 the estate was sold to Arthur and Alice Gaddum, and requisitioned by the RAF during the Second World War. The estate was bought by Ronald Mathias Lockley in 1954. Whilst at Orielton, Lockley carried out research into the causes of myxomatosis in rabbits, as well as research into many other species. The Field Studies Council bought the Orielton estate from Lockley in 1963.

Biographical note written with reference to:

About Orielton - History, Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All [, accessed 22 Nov 2018]

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Alexander Library of Ornithology, 2018.
Catalogue of Orielton decoy and ringing books
EAD version 2019 by Sarah Thiel and Marion Lowman
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom