Executorship papers of William Roby (died c.1785), jeweller, 1785-1786

Scope and Content

The collection contains three notebooks with illustrated paper covers. They comprise:

An inventory of the part of the stock of William Roby consisting of 'diamonds, pearls, gold,watches. plate, jewellery' taken by order of his executor and containing lists of items annotatedwith sums of money. 1786 (MS 173/1)

Two account books recording debts paid into and out of the estate of William Roby containinglists of names annotated with reasons for the payments, dates and sums of money, 1785-1786 (MS173/2/1-2)

Administrative / Biographical History

The collection gives few clues about William Roby, his family or his executors, and, crucially,the location of Roby's business is unknown. From internal evidence, it is clear that he was ajeweller dealing with gold, watches and plate. The accounts contain a reference to a James Roby,presumably a relation and perhaps his executor. Being a jeweller, it is possible that he may havebeen a freeman of The Goldsmiths' Company or some similar trade guild.


The collection has been divided by document type into two series.

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Other Finding Aids

This description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright in thedescription belongs to The University of Nottingham.

Conditions Governing Use

REPROGRAPHIC: Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposesonly, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

COPYRIGHT: Permission to make published use of any material from this collection must be soughtin advance in writing from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections(email mss-library@nottingham.ac.uk). TheDepartment will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but this can be difficult and theresponsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the person wishingto publish.

Custodial History

The collection was given to The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts in December1966