Armorial of Knights During Edward II's Reign

  • Reference
      GB 133 Eng MS 12
  • Dates of Creation
      18th Century
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      368 x 320 mm. 1 volume (26 folios); Binding: full-bound in 19th-century polished calf.
  • Location
      Collection available at the John Rylands Library, Deansgate.

Scope and Content

The armorial contains emblazoned coats of arms of English knights during the reign of Edward II (1307-27), arranged by counties. The manuscript was probably compiled in the late 17th or early 18th centuries. It was extensively water-damaged at some date and was repaired and rebound, with new end-papers, probably in the early 19th century; original folio 1 is now missing. The original index is included at the back of the volume. There are frequent notes and corrections in pencil.

Access Information

The manuscript is available for consultation by any accredited reader.

Acquisition Information

Purchased by Mrs Enriqueta Rylands, on behalf of the John Rylands Library, in 1901 from James Ludovic Lindsay, 26th Earl of Crawford.


Description compiled by Henry Sullivan, project archivist.

Other Finding Aids

Catalogued in the Hand-List of the Collection of English Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library, 1928 (English MS 12).

Custodial History

Formerly part of the Bibliotheca Lindesiana, the Library of the Earls of Crawford and Balcarres, from Haigh Hall, Wigan, Lancashire. Any previous ownership is currently unknown but more information could possibly be found in the Crawford archives held at the National Library of Scotland.