Herald's Notebook of Formulary, Precedence, Descent of Peerages, and Genealogy

Scope and Content

The notebook was begun mid-16th century, and contains a formulary and chronicle of the creations of peers and Knights of the Garter, the coronation of Anne Boleyn, and statutes of the Order of the Garter. It was continued in the late 16th century, possibly by Nicholas Paddy (d.1602), with descents of baronies in the female line, and 57 heraldic obituaries, 1579-1600 (with name; place of abode; date; place of death; name of spouse; spouse's parents; names, age and status of children; burial date and place; location of tomb; executors; preacher at funeral; pall bearers; heralds in attendance; and expenses). 171 folios.

(f.1) Patent of the creation of Piers Butler as Earl of Ossory [1528].

(f.2) Order of proceedings, creation of peers and Knights of the Garter c.1525-50: Earl of Nottingham and Duke of Richmond and Somerset (1525); Marquess of Exeter [1525]; Earl of Lincoln; Earl of Cumberland; Earl of Rutland; Viscount Fitzwalter; Viscount Rochford; Lord Mountjoy, Sir William Fitzwilliam and Sir Henry Guilford to be Knights of the Garter (1526); and the French King to be a Knight of the Garter, and the English King to be a Knight of St. Michael (1527).

(f.15v) Regulations for investiture of foreign princes with the Garter.

(f.16v) Proceedings: Henry, Earl of Northumberland to be a Knight of the Garter (1531); creation of Anne Boleyn as Marchioness of Pembroke (1532), and her coronation as Queen (1533); Thomas Lord Wriothesley and George Earl of Shrewsbury, Knights of the Garter; George Lord Hastings, Earl of Huntingdon and Lord Cobham, Knights of the Garter (1550); creations: Earl of Hertford and Duke of Somerset; Earl of Southampton (1550); Earl of Wiltshire; Earl of Bedford (1550); and Viscount Hereford (1551).

(f.27) Order and ceremonial, installation of Knights of the Garter; creation of the King of the Scots as Knight of the Garter (1534).

(f.34v) 'The ordinance and reformation of apparel for princes and estates', mourning to be worn for Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII (1527); number of masses ordained for different ranks of peerage.

(ff.46-51v) Obituaries: Benedict Barnham (1598), Samuel Thornhill (1597), Lady Billingsley (1598), Sir Robert Southwell (1598), Sir Charles Morison (1599), Lyester Desambitoris Baptista (1599), Richard Kingsmill (1599), and John Taylor (1600).

(ff.60-81v) Descent of baronies by heirs general through female line to 1592: Powis, Ferrers of Chartley, Lovaine, Longchamp of Wilton, Scrope, St. John of Basing, Wem, Bulbeck, Sanford, Percy, Poynings, Strange of Blackmere, [Lustoft], Furnivalle, Hastings, Strange of Knokin, Belvoir, Trusbutt, Ro[o]s, [Alnwick], Fitzwalter, Cobham, La Warre [De La Warr], Verdun, Morley, Hungerford, Zouche, Berkeley, Monthermer, [Wallerand], Tregoz, Gaunt, Fitzalan, and [Bruerey].

(f.93) 'The order of the estates', order of precedence.

(f.100v) Lists of Knights of the Garter, 1587-93.

(f.106) Styles and titles.

(f.112) Some coats of arms tricked.

(f.113v) Lists, Knights of the Garter, foundation to Elizabeth I; Knights created by Elizabeth I, 1584.

(f.131) Statutes and ordinances of the Order of the Garter.

(f.147) Obituaries: John Ayliffe (1579), Henry Morgan (1581), Henry Lord Wriothesley of Tichfield (1581), Sir Robert Tyrwhit (1581), Viscount Bindon (1582), Sir George Rogers (1582), Robert Corbett (1583), Mrs. Mary Whyt (1583), Bernerd Randolph (1583), Robert Monson (1583), Dr. David Lewys (1584), Raffe Astry (1585), Thomas Mede (1585), Lady Knyvett (1585), John Rowe (1585), Baron Russell (1585), Lady Anne Parry (1585), Nicholas West (1586), Roger Cave (1586), John Harman (1587), Henry Capel (1588), Elizabeth Birche (1588), John Sydenham (1588), Anthony Hungerford (1589), Thomas Gardyner (1590), Sir Henry Portman (1590), Thomas Wirrall (1591), Robert Brandon (1591), Sir John Tracy (1591), Thomas Moryson (1593), William Le Grys (1593), Robert Peter (1593), William Elkyn (1593), Robert Wythers (1593), William Whitmore (1593), Richard Sleford (1593), William Lord Eure (1594), Dr. Robert Forthe (1594), Margery Payne (1595), Lancelot Bathurst (1596), Peter Houghton (1596), Dame Margaret Blanke (1596), Richard Gorney (1596), Thomas Cornwallis (1597), Anthony Roper (1597), Gregory Smith (1597), William Baynham (1597), and Elizabeth Thornhill (1583).

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Acquisition Information

Purchased 1996.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

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