Ralph Sheldon: Catalogue of the nobility of England

Scope and Content

'A catalogue of the nobility of England since the Norman Conquest, according to their severall creations by every particular king.' There are one hundred and nine numbered pages, containing the names of nobles and their coats of arms. At the end of the volume is an index.

Administrative / Biographical History

Ralph Sheldon (1623-1684), antiquary, was born into a wealthy gentry family at Beoley, Worcestershire, on 1 August 1623. He lived in France and Italy, 1642-1647, marrying soon after his return to England. The family estate was sequestrated by the parliamentary army during the civil war. However, after the Restoration, Sheldon was rewarded for his loyalty to the royalist cause by a nomination to the putative Order of the Royal Oak. Following the death of his wife in 1663, he pursued an interest in genealogy, heraldry and antiquities, compiling a library at Weston, Long Compton, Warwickshire. He died at Weston on 24 June 1684.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Acquisition Information

Purchased from the executors of G.M. Macfarlane-Grieve, 1975.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to Jan Broadway, 'Sheldon, Ralph (1623-1684)', Oxford dictionary of national biography (Oxford University Press, 2004).

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Custodial History

A note at the front of the volume indicates that it was given to Francis Townsend, Windsor herald, on 14 August 1799 by William Sheldon Esq. of Grays Inn, great-grandson of Ralph Sheldon Esq., cousin and male heir of the author. The volume later became no. 22010 in the collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps.

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