Sir Nicholas L'Estrange: Merry Passages and Jeasts

Scope and Content

'Merry passages and jeasts', a collection of over 600 anecdotes concerning domestic, historical and biographical topics compiled by Sir Nicholas L'Estrange, transcribed from British Library, Harley MS 6395, 194 folios. On fos 183v-192v is an alphabetical index in another hand. Most of the versos are blank.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Nicholas L'Estrange, the eldest son of Sir Hamon L'Estrange, was created a baronet in 1629, and died at Hunstanton, Norfolk, on 24 July 1655.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Presented by Guy Le Strange, 1912.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on L'Estrange in Sidney Lee, ed., Dictionary of national biography, Vol. XI (London, 1909), p. 997.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.


141 of L'Estrange's anecdotes were printed in part 1 of William Thoms, ed., Anecdotes and traditions (London, 1839).

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