Zachary Grey: Sermons

Scope and Content

Manuscript sermons, with lectures on the catechism at the back of the volume.

Administrative / Biographical History

Zachary Grey (1688-1766), antiquary, was born at Burniston, Yorkshire, on 6 May 1688. He entered Jesus College, Cambridge, in 1704, and migrated to Trinity Hall in 1707 (LL.B., 1709; LL.D., 1720). He was ordained deacon and priest in 1711, and became Rector of Houghton Conquest in 1725, and Vicar of St Giles and St Peter's, Cambridge. Grey published pamphlets against dissenters, and was a critic of William Warburton. He died at Ampthill, Bedfordshire, on 25 November 1766.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Purchased at Bloomsbury Book Auctions, 28 June 1985.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Zachary Grey in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds, Dictionary of national biography, vol. III (London, 1908), pp. 661-662.

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Custodial History

The sermons were formerly part of the collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps, MS 23906.

Related Material

Cambridge University Library holds other papers relating to Zachary Grey, MSS.Add.3308 and 3847.