Collections for a History of the Stafford Family

  • Reference
      GB 133 Eng MS 1159
  • Dates of Creation
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      English and some Latin
  • Physical Description
      333 x 205 mm. 1 volume (121 folios); Binding: half-bound in burgundy morocco, buckram-covered boards, enclosed in a buckram chemise.

Scope and Content

The volume contains a Preface, signed by the compiler Jubal Stafford, Edgeley, Stockport, 1902, in which he states that the Collections were begun primarily with a view to laying claim to the Ancient Barony of Stafford...also to place on record some memorials of the lesser known branches...Authorities are fully given throughout the work. Wherever possible original documents have been consulted, private collections, MSS. preserved in [the] Heralds' College, the British Museum and elsewhere...Wills in the various probate courts, Parochial and Non-Parochial Registers, etc. Numerous pedigrees occur throughout, together with coloured drawings of Stafford badges, coats of arms, tailpieces etc. There is an index to the volume on folios 113-121.

According to the online 1901 Census, Jubal Stafford was born in Romiley, Cheshire, in about 1855; his occupation is recorded as 'estates cost clerk'. He submitted two short notices on the Stafford family to Notes and Queries: 9th series, vol. 4 (1899), pp. 477-8, and 10th series, vol. 3 (1905), p. 66. In the former his address is given as 39 Adelaide Road, Edgeley, Stockport; in the latter 7 Grange Avenue, Heaton Chapel, Stockport.

Access Information

The manuscript is available for consultation by any accredited reader.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the John Rylands Library by F. Wharmby esq., through Walter Chadwick esq., in October 1951.


Description compiled by Jo Humpleby, project archivist.

Other Finding Aids

Catalogued in the Hand-List of the Collection of English Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library, 1952-1970 (English MS 1159).