LONDON. Transcripts of memorial inscriptions by the herald Ralph Bigland in churches and church yards in London (namely St Pancras, Marylebone, Paddington, St James's Piccadilly, St Giles in the Fields, Chelsea, Camberwell, Fulham, Hampstead, Greenwich, and St George's adjoining the Foundling Hospital), [c.1774]

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Lot 186
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Transcripts of memorial inscriptions by the herald Ralph Bigland in churches and church yards in London (namely St Pancras, Marylebone, Paddington, St James's Piccadilly, St Giles in the Fields, Chelsea, Camberwell, Fulham, Hampstead, Greenwich, and St George's adjoining the Foundling Hospital), [c.1774]

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Transcripts of memorial inscriptions by the herald Ralph Bigland in churches and church yards in London (namely St Pancras, Marylebone, Paddington, St James's Piccadilly, St Giles in the Fields, Chelsea, Camberwell, Fulham, Hampstead, Greenwich, and St George's adjoining the Foundling Hospital), with the nearby counties of Surrey (Ashtead, the Beckfords, Ewell, Merton, Wimbledon), and Kent (Lee, Greenwich, Tiston, Charlton), plus Admiral Edward Boscawen's monument at St Michael Penkevil, Cornwall; illustrated by 8 accomplished thumbnail sketches of arms and crests, and with two leaves of pencil notes headed "Pancras Church Yard", evidently kept in situ, bound in at the end; inscribed by the collector Sir Thomas Phillipps with the volume's principal catalogue number "20755 Ph Mss" and "Brockley/ 1993" with additional printed numbers pasted on the detached spine (13521-2-4, 18193), with pencilled shelf-mark on upper cover "B 20 1508"; an index nominorum in another hand bound in at the front, over 50 pages (main section paginated to p. 54), dust-staining and other minor signs of wear, but overall in sound and attractive condition, marbled wrappers within stone Middle Hill boards, spine detached, small 4to, [c.1774]

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  • FUNERARY INSCRIPTIONS IN LONDON CHURCHES, COLLECTED BY THE HERALD RALPH BIGLAND. Having made his fortune as a cheese broker, Ralph Bigland (1712-1784) devoted himself increasingly to heraldry and antiquarian researches, playing an important reforming role at the College of Arms and appointed successively Bluemantle Pursuivant (1757), Somerset Herald (1759), Norroy King of Arms (1773), Clareneux King of Arms (1774) and finally Garter King of Arms (1780). His most famous work, the posthumously-published Historical, Monumental and Genealogical Collections, Relative to the County of Gloucester (1786-94) draws upon the county's heritage of monumental inscriptions: 'Inevitably, given the scale of the work, there are errors of transcription, but on the whole it is a supremely useful source, and its significance has increased with the years. Many of the inscriptions that Bigland noted down have long ago disappeared through the natural erosion of stone and the deliberate clearance of churchyards. Moreover, the immense growth of interest in genealogy has meant that his Collections are consulted by an ever-increasing number of family historians. Bigland's legacy is, 'in every sense of the word, monumental' (P. L. Dickinson, ODNB). Our volume performs much the same service for London and surrounding counties including districts such as Wimbledon, Greenwich and Lee which can be considered part of greater London. It records some two dozen inscriptions for old St Pancras alone, a church which was pulled down and rebuilt in the mid nineteenth century and its graveyard converted into a park, and nearly as many for Lee Church, then in the Blackheath Hundred, which was demolished in 1813, with the replacement being demolished in its turn in favour of a substitute built on a site nearby in 1839-41.

    The volume belonged to Sir Thomas Phillipps and is marked by him as MS 20755; listed in his catalogue as 'Bigland's Original Note Book of his Monumental Inscriptions of Parishes near London. 1st Mary-le bone, & c. sm. 4to. Tone bsd. Ch. S. xviii'. The other Phillipps numbers pasted to the spine refer to earlier catalogue entries for Bigland's Gloucestershire MSS, Nos. 13521, 2 and 4 under the heading 'Bigland MSS. (Brockley.)' (The Phillipps Manuscripts: Catalogus librorum manuscriptorum in bibliotheca D. Thomae Phillipps, bt., impressum Typis Medio-Montanis, 1837-1871, with an introduction by A.N.L. Munby, 2001). The MSS derive from J.H. Smyth Pigott of Brockley Hall, Somerset; Brockley Hall sale, English & Son (Bath), 8 Oct. 1849. Towards the end of the volume, Bigland has noted anent the daughter of Captain Timothy Brett and his monument at Greenwich Burial Ground "NB This daughter living at Greenwich unmarried 1774".
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