Mark Noble Papers

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      GB 161 MSS. Eng. misc. b. 30, c. 135, d. 146-73, e. 156-65; Eng. th. d. 30; Num. e. 17; Top. Kent d. 2; Top. Suffolk d. 16
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Scope and Content

Correspondence, catalogues and antiquarian works of Mark Noble, with some papers of his daughter, Martha C. Syms. Consisting of:  

  • Letters, mainly from J.S. Hylton, 1773-1781
  • Letters from various correspondents, 1781-1826
  • Catalogues of historical prints and engraved portraits
  • Antiquarian works and sermons, including 'History of the family of Noble', 1800, and 'An history of the ... house of Brandon', 1807
  • Papers of Martha Syms, including reminiscences, n.d., and letters, 1801-16

Administrative / Biographical History

Mark Noble (1754-1827) was a biographer, genealogist and antiquary. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

The papers were given to the Library in 1927.


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

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 42065-108.

Custodial History

The papers were owned by members of the Cresswell and Farmer families, descendants of Mark Noble.

Related Material

See also Notes by Mark Noble (MSS. Eng. hist. e. 32-45).