Sermons of Thomas Lambarde

Scope and Content

Holograph sermons of Thomas Lambarde, namely:

  • (a) folios 3-15v: on Psalms xviii 3, marked on preceding folio: Ash, February 28th -1794;
  • (b) folios 17-28: on 1 Samuel xii 25, marked on following folio: Ash, March 7th -1798;
  • (c) folios 35-47: on 1 Corinthians xv 23, marked on preceding folio: Ash, Easter Day-1790, 1794, 1799;
  • (d) folios 49-61v: on Luke xii 48, marked on preceding folio: Ash, August 1st -1790.

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Lambarde or Lambard (1758-1811), son of Thomas Lambard of Sevenoaks esq., was educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford, where he matriculated on 5 June 1776. He obtained his BA degree in 1780, and his MA three years later. In 1783 he was appointed rector of Ash and Ridley in Kent, where his father held the patronage of the living. He held the rectory until his death on 19 April 1811, and he was later also rector of Horsted, Sussex. He was responsible for refurbishing the nave of Ash church in the early 1790s.

Conditions Governing Access

The manuscript is available for consultation by any accredited reader.

Acquisition Information

Purchased by the John Rylands Library at auction at Hodgson's on 30 July 1959 (with Lot 158).


Description compiled by Jo Humpleby, project archivist, with reference to:

Other Finding Aids

Catalogued in the Hand-List of the Collection of English Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library, 1952-1970 (English MS 1240).

Custodial History

Former owners: F. William Cock, MD, FSA, of Appledore, Kent, 1911 (bookplate); Ex thesauro Roberti Hovenden (inner front cover).

Related Material

The Centre for Kentish Studies, Maidstone, hold papers of the Lambarde family of Beechmont, Kent, including deeds, legal, family and estate papers, 16th-20th centuries (ref.: GB 051 U 962); and deeds and papers of the Lambarde family relating to Ash, Ridley, etc. 1634-1935 (ref.: GB 051 U 442).

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