British Armorials

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Three heraldic manuscripts bound together:

  • (a) Folios 3-93: Emblazoned coats of arms of English kings and nobles from Brutus to James I;
  • (b) Folios 97-293: Armorial of English nobility, alphabetically arranged, with coats emblazoned up to the letter O;
  • (c) Folios 294v-315v: Knights of the Garter from Edward III to the accession of Elizabeth (coats not emblazoned), and an unfinished armorial of Scottish kings, etc. (folios 358-370).

Conditions Governing Access

The manuscript is available for consultation by any accredited reader.

Acquisition Information

Purchased by Mrs Enriqueta Rylands, on behalf of the John Rylands Library, in 1901 from James Ludovic Lindsay, 26th Earl of Crawford.

Note

Description compiled by Henry Sullivan, project archivist.

Other Finding Aids

Catalogued in the Hand-List of the Collection of English Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library, 1928 (English MS 9).

Custodial History

Formerly part of the Bibliotheca Lindesiana, the Library of the Earls of Crawford and Balcarres, from Haigh Hall, Wigan, Lancashire (bookplate inside front cover). Also written is the name of a former owner, Sir Reginald Graham, and the date 1866.

Related Material

English MS 13 has a similiar selection and layout of achievements to the first section of this manuscript (ref. GB 133 Eng MS 13).