Pedigrees and Heraldic Miscellany

Scope and Content

MS.Add.6907: Armorial, in Latin, 1587 or 1588, containing the arms and pedigrees of the English nobility, 1 volume, 123 folios. Attached to a flyleaf is a letter from Ralph Griffin to F. F. Lambarde, 1927. Inside the front cover is the bookplate of Francis Fane Lambarde. On fo. 2 is 'Hardyman'; on fo. 2v is '146' , circled.

MS.Add.6908: Nobility roll, c. 1628, 1 volume, 176 folios: fo. v: arms of David Bonnell. fo. 168: index. Fos i, 163, and 171 are blank. Attached to fo. i is a note by Francis Fane Lambarde, c. 1925. Inside the front cover is the bookplate of Francis Fane Lambarde.

MS.Add.6909: John Philipott: pedigrees of Kentish families, in Latin, 17th century, 1 volume, 300 folios. There is an index on fo. 284. Fos i, 35, 36, 53, 54, 191, 241, and 288 are blank. On fo. 1 is the bookplate of Sir S. S. Smythe, lord chief baron. Inside the front cover is the bookplate of Francis Fane Lambarde. The arms of John Philipott are on the covers of the front and back.

MS.Add.6910: Book of arms, the coats drawn with pen and ink, holograph, probably by John Philipott, 1628, 61 folios. Fo. 51v-57 have blank coats. Fos 57v-60 are blank. Sources of the arms are given at fos 1 and 34. The book of arms is in a box-file with the following: Mill Stephenson and Ralph Griffin, A Roll of Arms belonging to the Society temp. Henry VIII, c.1540, communicated to the Society of Antiquaries (Oxford, 1920), 116 pages; Ralph Griffin, ed., Ballard's Roll of Arms (London, 1933), 47 pages; and Ralph Griffin, ed., Cheshire Arms c. 1490 (London, 1933), 7 pages.

MS.Add.6911: John Philipott, visitation of Kent, 1619, 1 volume, 275 folios: fo. xxvii v: arms and pedigree of Thornhill; fo. xxix v: arms and pedigree of Hart. The text of the visitation starts at fo. 1v. There is an index on fo. 241. Several fos are blank. Inside the front cover is the bookplate of Francis Fane Lambarde.

MS.Add.6912: 'Arms of all the noblemen, baronets, knights of the Bath, and bachelor knights that are now, or have been lately, dwelling in the county of Kent'; 'Cantabrigia 1615'; early 17th century, 1 volume, 26 folios. The Cambridge section consists of the arms of colleges, with short descriptions, along with the arms of professors and other officers. A printed transcript of the text, with notes by Francis Fane Lambarde, 1925, is loose in the volume. On fo. 1v is 'Tho. Lambarde 1634', and '151', circled. Inside the front cover is the bookplate of the Lambarde family.

MS.Add.6913: Heraldic miscellany, c. 1640, 1 volume, 394 folios. The volume includes (fo. xix v) an index to Scotland; (fo. 145) arms of dukes, marquesses, and earls; (fo. 312v) a list of the citizens and worthies of London; (fo. 362v) a list of barons; and (fo. 364v) a list of mayors, etc., of London, incomplete. Inside the front cover is a letter from E. Farrer to [ ] Millard, 8 Jan. 1903.

Administrative / Biographical History

The collection was formed by the Lambarde family, notably Francis Fane Lambarde (1868-1948), Brigadier General and antiquary.

John Philipott or Philipot (see MSS.Add.6909-6911) was born at Folkestone, Kent, the son of Henry Philpott, between 1587 and 1592. In later years he chose to add an 'i' to his surname. Philipott was appointed pursuivant-of-arms extraordinary, with the title of Blanch Lion, in October 1618, and in November of that year was created Rouge Dragon pursuivant-in-ordinary. His work brought him into contact with William Camden, who often nominated him as his deputy or marshall when carrying out visitations. In 1624 Philipott was created Somerset herald. During the civil war he served with king, and was created D.C.L. at Oxford in 1643. He died at London, and was buried on 25 Nov. 1645.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Purchased 1936.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on John Philipot(t) in Sidney Lee, ed. Dictionary of National Biography, Vol. XV (London, 1909), pp. 1047-1048.

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Custodial History

MSS.Add.6907-6908, and 6910-6913 were the originally the property of Francis Fane Lambarde. MS.Add.6909 belonged to S.S. Smythe, lord chief baron, and later to F.F. Lambarde. MS.Add.6912 belonged to the Lambarde family from at least 1634.

Related Material

Two letters from Ralph Griffin removed from MS.Add.6910 and a letter from W. P. Hills removed from MS.Add.6912 are now part of MS.Add.7339.


A much abbreviated form of the visitation in MS.Add.6911 was printed from a MS in the possession of the Dering family in 1863.

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