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The arms of the earls, viscounts, and barons of England

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MS. Bodl. 176
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The arms of the earls, viscounts, and barons of England 'according to the auncientie of their creations', headed by the arms of queen Elizabeth. The coats (about 74 in number) are usually in colours, with crests, supporters and mottos, and also in most cases with pedigrees or genealogical notes and more arms in trick. An index is at p. vi, completed by a second hand, which has added some notes. On p. v is a poem beginning 'A myrrour of yourselfe, o kinge', and at the foot of the page 'Thomas Nashe', both early 17th cent.


  • Creation: Written chiefly in the second half of the 16th century


154 pages

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Bodl. 176, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Bodl. 176

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 20350


The arms of the earls, viscounts, and barons of England

Biographical / Historical

Biographical details unknown.

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. V, no. 30429

Custodial History

This was no. 28 among the MSS. collected by Thomas Jekyll of Bocking, which descended to his grandson Nicholas Jekyll of Castle Hedingham and most of which were 'in the custody' of William Holman in 1715. Several similar MSS. are among Holman's Essex MSS. which came to the Library in 1756 in the Rawlinson Collection (see nos. 15988-16018), and this may have been among them. In fact a small batch of Rawlinson MSS. (see nos. 30430-1) seem to have been detached from the rest of the collection and to have been inserted in the Bodley collection about A.D. 1800 or a little earlier.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Perhaps a Rawlinson volume, see above.

Physical Facet

On paper


12 1/4 × 8 1/4 in.

The arms of the earls, viscounts, and barons of England
EAD version 2020 by Alice Whichelow
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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