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King Collection

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0377 KING COLLECTION
Held at: College of Arms
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Full title: King Collection
Date(s): 1673-1863
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 71 volumes
Name of creator(s): King | Thomas William | herald | 1802-1872


Administrative/Biographical history:

Thomas William King, Rouge Dragon Pursuivant, 1833; York Herald, 1848.


Scope and content/abstract:

Wills (6 vols); precedents (2 vols); Heraldic Miscellanies (24 vols); peers and the peerage (4 vols); topography (1 vol); papers relating to the Talbot family (26 small vols); catalogues and lists (3 vols); royal depositums (1 vol); miscellaneous pedigrees (3 vols); supplementary Catalogue to Visitations of Suffolk (1 vol)
Includes correspondence with Sir Samuel Rush Meyrick and material about the Meyrick family and Goodrich Court.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Within the King Collection are two series, Heraldic Miscellanies (27 volumes, of which numbers 2 and 3 are bound together and numbers 9 and 10 are missing) and the Talbot Papers (26 vols). Other volumes in the collection are not arranged in series. Heraldic Miscellanies vols 9 and 10 were given to the College by King in 1850, as King notes in a catalogue of his own collections, because they contained much information from the Chapter Books affecting the private affairs of the College.

Conditions governing access:

By appointment with the archivist. A letter of introduction and an item of photographic ID are required and a daily research fee of 10 is payable.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Permission of the Chapter of the College of Arms is required.

Finding aids:

Handlist by Francis Steer, 1976

Archival Information

Archival history:

142 volumes are listed in Chapter Book 13 as having been acquired in 1866, but some were subsequently rebound or bound together and given new titles. All but three on the list can be identified, the majority forming two collections: the 'King Collection' (71 volumes) and his collection of volumes on Great Yarmouth and surrounding area (both printed and manuscript), Collectanea Jernemuensia (56 volumes)

Immediate source of acquisition:

Purchased from Thomas William King, 1866

Allied Materials

Related material:

Other material purchased from King in 1866 but added to other collections or to the library of printed books, rather than being deemed to form part of the 'King Collection': Collectanea Jernemuensia (56 volumes); Mark Noble's History of the College of Arms (1805); Order of Precedence, with Authorities and Remarks by Charles George Young (1851); five volumes of lists and indexes, including volume of copies of original warrants, petitions, etc., amongst which are included a few original documents. Also in the collection 'Office Books', T. W. King's letter book, containing loose material bound together, personal but mostly (with the exception of a letter appointing him sea reeve and deputy to the mayor of Great Yarmouth, 1822) relating to the College of Arms, for example a draft of his memorial to the Earl Marshal applying for a position as an Officer of Arms

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
This description was created by Lynsey Darby, archivist, using the manuscript handlist by Francis Steer and original material recorded in Chapter minutes.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with 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:
30 June 2017

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