Gloucestershire collections by Ralph Bigland

Scope and Content

Notebooks by Ralph Bigland, containing miscellaneous parish notes for about 65 Gloucestershire parishes, including copies of monumental inscriptions.

Administrative / Biographical History

Ralph Bigland (1711-84) was a herald and antiquary. See the Dictionary of National Biography for further details.

Access Information

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

Acquisition Information

MSS. Top. Glouc. e. 10-11 were bought by the Library, with MS. Top. Glouc. e. 12, in 1979, Stanley Crowe, cat. 89.


Collection level description created by Susan Thomas, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

A description is available in the Library, where there is also a card index to unpublished catalogues.

Custodial History

MSS. Top. Glouc. e. 10-11 were owned by J.H. Smyth Pigott of Brockley Hall, Somerset; Brockley Hall sale, English & Son (Bath), 8 Oct. 1849; two of five similar volumes numbered Phillipps MS. 13519, later numbered Phillipps MSS. 14265-70; these two volumes numbered 14265 and 14266 (Phillipps MS. 14270 is MS. Phillipps-Robinson e. 141).

MSS. Top. Glouc. e. 12 was possibly owned as MSS. Top. Glouc. e. 10-11; Phillipps MS. 16106.

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