The works in the collection are Of the highe courtes of Justice in England and especiallie of the Chancery Courts and of the lord Chancellor that judgethe there, Modus sive forma Regum ... Reginarum coronacionis in regno Anglie sequitur in hune modum, Hic describitur modus quomodo Parliamentum Regis Anglie Anglicorum suorum tenebatur temporibus Regis Edwardi filii Etheldridi regis, and The charge of a Courte Leete and Courte Baron.
Collection of the works of William Lambarde (1536-1601)
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 237 Coll-399
- Dates of Creation16th century
- Language of MaterialEnglish, and Latin.
- Physical Description4 manuscript discourses.
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
The historian William Lambarde was born in London on 18 October 1536. He inherited the manor of Watcombe in Greenwich on the death of his father in 1554. He was admitted to Lincoln's Inn in 1556 and studied Anglo-Saxon and history. His first work was a translation of the Anglo-Saxon laws entitled 'Archeion', sive de priscis Anglorum legibus libri, sermone Anglico vetustate antiqissimo, aliquot abhinc seculis conscripti, atq; nunc demum ... e tenebris in lucem vocati (1568). Then came his Perambulation of Kent: containing the description, hystorie, and customes of that shyre (1576) which is probably Britain's earliest known county history. In 1578-1579, Lambarde was chosen as a Bencher of Lincoln's Inn and then became a Justice of the Peace for Kent. His duties were described in the Eirenarcha: or of the Office of the Justices of Peace, into two books (1581). In 1592 he was appointed a Master in Chancery and was made Keeper of the Records at the Rolls Chapel in 1597. Lambarde was made Keeper of the Records of the Tower in January 1601 and produced an account of the Tower records, Pandecta Rotulorum (1601). William Lambarde died at Watcombe on 19 August 1601.
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The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of national biography. Vol. 11. Kennett-Lluelyn. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1909.
Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.
Other Finding Aids
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