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Aubrey, John (1626-1697)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0117 MS/92
Held at: Royal Society
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Full title: Aubrey, John (1626-1697)
Date(s): 1685
Level of description: Sub-fonds
Extent: Unknown
Name of creator(s): Cramer | B G | fl 1690-1691 | Clerk to the Royal Society
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Administrative/Biographical history:

John Aubrey was born, 1626; Education: Trinity College, Oxford (matriculated 1641); Middle Temple (admitted 1646); Career: Discovered the megaliths at Avebury, Wiltshire (1649); inherited estates in Wiltshire, Herefordshire and Wales from his father (1652) but dissipated them through law suits, selling the last of his property (1670) and his library (1677); formed topographical collections on Surrey and North Wiltshire; assisted Anthony Wood with his 'Antiquities of Oxford'; wrote 'Brief Lives' of his notable contemporaries; Original Fellow of the Royal Society; died, 1697.


Scope and content/abstract:

Copy of 'Memoires of Naturall Remarques in the county of Wilts, to which are annexed observabes of the same kind in the county of Surrey and Flynt-shire', by John Aubrey, FRS. This manuscript is a transcript of Aubrey's original manuscript. It was transcribed by BG Cramer, Clerk to the Royal Society, at the behest of the Society in 1690-1691. At page 67 is inserted a map of a navigable passage from Bristol to London, engraved by Thomas Jenner in 1668, with the arms of the borough. Six leaves of additional matter are inserted at page 276, and four more at page 304.

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No publication without written permission. Apply to Archivist in the first instance.

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Allied Materials

Related material:

M Hunter 'John Aubrey and the Realm of Learning' (1975) pages 88-89; JO Halliwell in his 'Catalogues of the Miscellaneous Manuscripts and of the Manuscript Letters in the possession of the Royal Society' (1840) states that 'This work is in the course of publication, under the able editorship of that munificent patron of antiquarian and historical literature, Sir Thomas Phillipps, Bart, FRS of Middle Hill, Worcestershire'. Digital photograph of map at page 67, IM/006901.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Copied from the Royal Society catalogue by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Feb 2009.

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