Thomas Bury and J. Chichester: Commonplace Book, Blundell's School

Scope and Content

Latin and English verse exercises and Latin prose compositions. Authors of verses are shown only by their surnames, but most can be identified with boys from Devon, Cornwall and Somerset who matriculated at Balliol, Exeter and Oriel Colleges, and at St. Mary's Hall, Oxford, 1737-41. The book is inscribed 'Thomas Bury's book Novbr. ye 10th 1736', later altered to 'J. Chichester's book'. It has the ownership stamp of Richard Doddridge Blackmore (1825-1900), novelist, who was a pupil at Blundell's School. 93ff.

There are verses by Bentham; Thomas Bury (Coliton, Devon); (Charles) Clapp (Monk Oakhampton, Devon); (Richard) Cranch (Medbury, Devon); (Arthur) Culme (Tiverton); (John) Darch (Luxborough, Somerset); (Francis) Hearle (Lansallos, Cornwall); (John) Hony (Trenant, Cornwall); (John) Pitman (Alphington, Devon); (George) Popham (Wellington, Somerset); (Charles) Richards (Kentisbear, Devon); (Thomas) Stringer (Bristol); (Thomas) Waddon (Cardingham, Cornwall); and (James or John) Yonge (Puslinch, Devon).

Administrative / Biographical History

Blundell's School in Tiverton, Devon, was founded in 1456. J. Chichester was possibly Sir John Chichester of Youlstone, Devon, who matriculated at Balliol College, Oxford in 1739.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Purchased 1994.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

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