'The visitation of Cambridgeshire taken by Henry St George, Richmond Herold of Armes Ao Dni 1619', a copy of the heraldic visitation, containing coats of arms in pen and ink. Inside the front cover is the bookplate of George, Lord Macartney, Knight of the Order of the White Eagle and of the Bath. Loose within the volume are an index, genealogical tables and a newscutting on the Peyton family, who feature in the volume.
Henry St George: Cambridgeshire heraldic visitation
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Administrative / Biographical History
Henry St George (1581-1644) was born at Hatley St George, Cambridgeshire, on 27 January 1581, the eldest son of Sir Richard St George. He was created Rouge Rose pursuivant-extraordinary, May 1610; Bluemantle pursuivant-in-ordinary, 23 December 1611; and Richmond herald, 22 March 1616. He carried out heraldic visitations throughout the country. At the commencement of the civil war, St George attended the royal standard, and remained with the King at Oxford, where he was created a Doctor of Medicine on 6 May 1643. He was made a Garter King-of-Arms in April 1644. He died at Brasenose College, Oxford, on 5 November 1644, and was buried in the cathedral of Christ Church. St George's 'Catalogue of the nobility of England' (1628) was used in A new catalogue of the dukes, marquesses, earls, viscounts, barons, etc., published in eight volumes by Thomas Walkley (London, 1658).
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Purchased from Deighton, Bell and Co. Ltd, 4 April 1978.
Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Henry St George in Sidney Lee, Dictionary of national biography, vol. XVII (London, 1909), p. 614.
Other Finding Aids
The volume was formerly part of the collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps, MS 13386/13428.
The visitation has been printed in Publications of the Harleian Society, XLI, 1897.