Blakeway Manuscripts

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Blakeway's Shropshire manuscripts, including pedigrees of Shropshire families and papers relating to the history of Shropshire.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Brickdale Blakeway was born at Shrewsbury on 24 June 1765 and educated in his native town and at Westminster and Oriel College, Oxford (BA 1786, MA 1795). He was a student at Lincoln's Inn, but in 1793 was ordained, and from 1794 until his death on 10 March 1826 was minister of the peculiar of St. Mary's Shrewsbury. His chief interest was in the topography and antiquities of his native town and county. He died just before the publication of the last part of the History of Shrewsbury, by H. Owen and J.B. Blakeway. In 1831 a book by him on the Sheriffs of Shropshire was posthumously issued.

Conditions Governing Access

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/specialcollections).

Acquisition Information

The collection was presented to the Library by Blakeway's widow in 1840.

Note

Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

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. IV, nos. 22086-22111.

Related Material

See also Papers of J.B. Blakeway (MSS. Blakeway 26/1-2).