Papers of George Ashby

Scope and Content

Letters from George Ashby, mostly antiquarian but with some reference to his post as Rector of Barrow, Suffolk; an account of a visit to the Low Countries mostly describing the fortifications of the five Barrier Towns; a brief account of a visit to Holland and France.

Administrative / Biographical History

Antiquary. Entered St John's College 1740; B.A. 1744; M.A. 1748; President of St John's 1767-75; Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries 1775; Rector of Barrow, Suffolk, 1774. Although Ashby published little, he was well-known amongst the literary antiquaries of the 18th century for his varied learning. He regularly contributed to the 'Gentleman's Magazine' and other periodicals on such topics as Roman milestones, archery and numismatics.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation

Acquisition Information

Bought from Charles Higham (S.P.C.K.), May 1985.

Note

Antiquary. Entered St John's College 1740; B.A. 1744; M.A. 1748; President of St John's 1767-75; Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries 1775; Rector of Barrow, Suffolk, 1774. Although Ashby published little, he was well-known amongst the literary antiquaries of the 18th century for his varied learning. He regularly contributed to the 'Gentleman's Magazine' and other periodicals on such topics as Roman milestones, archery and numismatics.

Preferred citation: St John's College Library, Papers of George Ashby

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Much of the material is in poor condition. Conservation action has been taken, but some of the material is difficult to read.

Archivist's Note

19 Sep 2005

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