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Robin Alston Society Antiquaries

Robin Alston Society Antiquaries

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The Society or College of Antiquaries1586-1607
 In 1586, according to accounts of this society founded originally under the patronage of Archbishop Matthew Parker (1504-1575), but not meeting formally until the year after his death, a group of historians and collectors of books andmanuscripts, began meeting at the house in Debry Place occupied by the College of Arms to discuss lectures prepared bymembers on subjects of historical importance. The history of this Society/College (it is referred to in manuscripts as both)has never been throroughly studied, in spite of the fact that many of the discourses presented to the Society survived andwere transferred from the Cotton library to Thomas Smith, who prepared the first printed catalogue of Cotton’s wonderfulcollection, now in the British Library. Sir Richard Spelman was a member and contributed an essay on the original of thelaw terms, printed in Edmund Gibson’s edition of Reliquae Spelannianae (Oxford, 1698), reprinted in 1723 as part of Volume II of 
The English Works of Sir Henry Spelman, Kt. Publish’d in his Life-time; together with his Posthumous Works
,London, 1723. There is a brief account in Pierre Des Maizeaux’s introduction to the 1723 edition of Richard Carew’s
Surveyof Cornwall 
which is based on Smith. Contemporary accounts of the membership known are: Cotton Julius F x; CottonFaustina E v; Harley 2077; Harley 5177. Note: Joan Evans,
 A History of the Society of Antiquaries
, Oxford, 1856; May,Mackisack,
Medieval History in the Tudor Age
, Oxford, 1971; Graham Parry,
Trophies of Time: English Antiquarians of theSeventeenth Century
, Oxford, 1996; The membership of the Society has never been precisely determined but the following are known to have attended meetingsand submitted papers, many of which were printed by Thomas Hearne in his
Collection of Curious Discourses
 published atOxford in 1720.___________  Agard, Arthur (1535?-1615) Andrewes, Lancelot (1555-1626)Beale, Robert (1541-1601) Bolton, Mary Edmund (1574?-1634?)Bourchier, Henry, Earl of Bath (1587?-1654 Bowyer, Robert (1560?-1621)Broughton, Hugh (1549-1612) Camden, William (1551-1623)Carew, Richard (1555-1620) Coke, Sir Edward (1552-1634)Cope, Sir Walter (1553?-1614) Cotton, Sir Robert Bruce (1571-1631)Davies, Sir John (1569-1626) Dethick, Sir William (1543-1612)Dodderidge, Sir John (1555-1628) D’Oyly, Thomas (1530?-1598?)Erdeswick, Sampson (1538?-1603) Fleetwood, William (1525-1594)Hakewill, William (1574-1655) Hartwell, Abraham (1553-1606)Heneage, Michael (1540-1600) Holland, Joseph (d. 1605)Jones, Sir William (1566-1640) Lake, Sir Thomas (1561-1630)Lambarde, William (1536-1601) Leigh [Ley], Francis (d. 1653)Ley, James (1550-1629) Patten, William (d. 1599?)Savile, Sir John (1546-1607) Spelman, Sir Henry (1563?-1641)Stow, John (1524?-1605) Strangman, James (1555?-1596?)Talbot, Thomas (1535?-1599?) Tate, Francis (1560-1616)Thynne, Francis (1545?-1608) Townshend, Hayward (1577?-1610?)Whitelocke, Sir James (1570-1632) Exactly a hundred years after the last formal meeting, the Socciety was re-founded in 1707. 
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