George Harbin: Extracts from the Ely Priory Register

Scope and Content

A series of extracts made by George Harbin from a copy of a register of Ely Priory at the time in the possession of Sir William Wyndham, Bart, 80 folios. The copy was made by Sir W. Wyndham for G. Harbin in October 1735 (see p. 144). The extracts include references to the pages of either the original or to Sir W. Wyndham's copy.

Administrative / Biographical History

George Harbin matriculated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 1683 (B.A., 1686). He took orders, and became chaplain to Francis Turner, Bishop of Ely. After Turner's death he was chaplain and librarian to Viscount Weymouth. Harbin died in September 1744.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Purchased 1911.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Harbin in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds, Dictionary of national biography, Vol. III (London, 1908), p. 1200.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.

Custodial History

The volume was acquired around 1830 by Sir Thomas Phillipps as part of a collection of manuscripts once in the possession of George Harbin, and became no. 4806 in his library. It was later sold at Sotheby's as part of the Phillipps sale.

Related Material

A transcription of the extracts was made by Thomas Baker, and is to be found in Cambridge University Library, Mm.1.49, pp. 197-202.


For further information see G.R.C. Davis, Medieval cartularies (1958), p. 43, no. 375, where the volume is said to be 'untraced'.

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