Memorabilium Familiae nostrae Fasciculus ; part of the Analecta Fairfaxiana, compiled by Charles Fairfax and dedicated to Thomas, 3rd Lord Fairfax

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      GB 206 Brotherton Collection MS Yks 3
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  • Language of Material
      Latin English
  • Physical Description
      1 vol. (54 pp., with 45 of these paginated), folio manuscript. Written in a single seventeenth-century hand, Charles Fairfax's autograph. Bound in contemporary vellum.

Scope and Content

Contains a collection of Fairfax family epitaphs and other records compiled throughout by Charles Fairfax with his additions and revisions and with a signed dedication to Thomas, third Lord Fairfax. The manuscript is a neat compilation of chiefly Latin verse epitaphs, memorial inscriptions, anagrams, a few English verses, and other tributes, genealogical notes on the family with coats of arms, designs of monuments, and other historical material.

Administrative / Biographical History

Charles Fairfax (1597-1673) was an antiquarian, genealogist and compiler of the Analecta Fairfaxiana. He was born at Denton in Yorkshire, but spent most of his life at Menston, on his wife's estate. In 1646, his brother Ferdinando, second Lord Fairfax, appointed him steward of the courts of Ripon and he later served as a colonel of foot in Monck's army. Following Monck's march into Yorkshire, Fairfax became governor of Kingston-upon-Hull, but after a year he retired to Menston to pursue his antiquarian and literary interests. Thomas Fairfax, 3rd Baron Fairfax of Cameron (1612-1671), the parliamentary general. For fuller details of the latter's life see the Dictionary of National Biography.

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Access is unrestricted.

Acquisition Information

Purchased at Sotheby's sale on 14 December 1993 (Lot 490).


Mainly in Latin, but with some English.

Custodial History

Formerly in the Fairfax library at Leeds Castle, Kent.

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