Papers of Sir William Herrick

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Eng. hist. b. 244-8(R), b. 249, c. 1292-318
  • Dates of Creation
      1608-23, 1859
  • Language of Material
      English, and Latin.
  • Physical Description
      33 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Exchequer papers of Sir William Herrick, with one book of certificates, 1608-16, of his predecessor Sir William Bowyer, and a 19th-century calendar and index. The papers comprise official records kept by Herrick in his period of office at the Exchequer.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir William Herrick (1562-1653) was a goldsmith and moneylender, and one of the four Tellers of the Exchequer of Receipt, 1616-23.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

In 1988 the records were put up for sale through Sotheby's, and Leicestershire Record Office was able to acquire the estate records, while the Bodleian purchased the Exchequer papers (Sotheby's, 15 Dec. 1988, lot 20, with the aid of the National Heritage memorial Fund, MGC/V & A Purchase Grant Fund, the Pilgrim Trust, the Friends of the Bodleian, and the Friends of the National Libraries).


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

A full description is available in the Library.

Custodial History

The papers once formed part of a larger group of papers that included Herrick's family letters, official business papers, and records relating to his Leicestershire estate, held at Beaumanor, purchased by Sir William Herrick and in the 19th century the seat of the Perry-Herrick family.

Herrick family, business and estate papers, 16th to 19th century, were purchased by the Bodleian Library in 1968, and are now MSS. Eng. hist. b. 216, c. 474-84. The remainder of the Herrick archive was deposited with Lecistershire Record Office in 1972. The archive included title deeds and papers for Leicestershire estates and properties in other counties, manorial records and miscellaneous Herrick family papers, as well as the Exchequer records described below.

Related Material

See Custodial History and Immediate Source of Acquisition.

See also Papers of the Herrick Family of Leicestershire (MSS. Eng. hist. b. 216, c. 474-84).