Roger Cholmeley, letters of attorney to Robert Harington and Richard Boyes, 1565.

Scope and Content

Copy in an eighteenth century hand of a letter of attorney of Roger Cholmeley.

Grant to Robert Harington, clerk, rector of Harringay and Richard Boyes of Highgate, gent, of the power to act as his attorneys to receive of William Tarrey of Highgate, yeoman, and Richard Lathinden of London, yeoman, seisin of Highgate chapel granted by Edmund Grindal, bishop of London.22 May 1565.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Roger Cholmeley (c.1485-1565), illegitmate son of Sir Richard Cholmeley or Cholmley, lieutenant of the Tower of London. He trained as a lawyer at Lincoln's Inn from around 1506 and was admitted as a common pleader in the city of London in 1518, where he seems to have been very successful. He became serjeant-at-law in 1531 and was knighted 3 years later. He was later recorder of London and served in parliament for the city and for Middlesex. He rose to be chief baron of the exchequer and then lord chief justice, albeit only for a year. He settled in Highgate in Middlesex and founded Highgate School in 1562.


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Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Given to the Library by C J Hill, 1928.

Other Finding Aids

Individual Manuscripts and Small Collections database available as part of Manuscripts Database.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Paper: 2 sheets 33x41.4cm.Stored in box with other Gibson papers.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Maia Sheridan, Archives Hub project archivist, based on material from the Manuscripts Database

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Keeper of Manuscripts. Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Custodial History

Gibson's papers passed to his grandson, Edmund Gibson, at whose death in 1798 the whole collection disappeared from public view to re-emerge, by chance, in 1889 when they were purchased for the library of St Paul's, London, by the sub-dean. In 1896 Gibson's descendants established at law their right in his papers, the greater part of which were accordingly dispersed from the library of St Paul's amongst the bishop's descendants, J C Dalton, Ernest Poore and C J Hill (of St Andrews). Of Mr Hill's portion of the papers, (volumes nos. 3, 4, 9 and 12), volumes 3, 4 and 12 were given to the University of St Andrews in 1928, volume 9 having been lost. Volume 3 comprises ms5234 to ms5317, Volume 4 comprises ms5179 to ms5233, while Volume 12 appears to have been boxed by St Paul's and has again been reboxed by St Andrews University Library. It contains ms5325 to ms5427 (plus later additions ms5428-9).



Related Material

University of St Andrews: GB 0227 msBX5199.G6/ms5422: 18th century copy of grant of Edmund Grindal to Roger Cholmeley, 1565.