Papers regarding Nicholas Ferrar and other matters

Scope and Content

Copies of miscellaneous documents, many relating to Nicholas Ferrar.

Administrative / Biographical History

Nicholas Ferrar (1592-1637), theologian, attended Clare Hall, Cambridge (B.A., 1610; M.A., 1613), where he became a fellow in 1610. In 1613 he attended James I's daughter Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia, on her journey to Holland. He remained on the continent until 1618, and on his return was engaged in the work of the Virginia Company from 1619 until its dissolution in 1623. In 1624 Ferrar became a member of parliament and was involved in the impeachment of the Earl of Middlesex. He was ordained deacon in 1626, and became chaplain to the Anglican community in Little Gidding, where he remained until his death on 4 December 1637.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Purchased 1909.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Ferrar in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds, Dictionary of national biography, Vol. VI (London, 1908), pp. 1241-1243.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.

Custodial History

The papers were formerly the property of Edward Almack.


For further information see Bernard Blackstone, ed., The Ferrar papers (Cambridge, 1938).