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Collection Level Description: Papers of Sir John Bankes

Reference: MSS. Bankes 1-76
Title: Papers of Sir John Bankes
Dates of Creation: [c. 1622]-1650
Extent: 77 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Sir John Bankes (1589-1644) was attorney-general, 1634-40. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

The collection contains official documents, 1634-40, mainly comprising copies of petitions to the king, with related papers, and warrants addressed to Bankes. There are bundles of papers relating to the American colonies; the granting of patents for monopolies and inventions, and charters of incorporation for boroughs and trades. There are bundles of draft proclamations; extracts from medieval records about the levying of contributions for the defence of the realm; recognizances and examinations in Star Chamber cases. There are also estate papers relating to Sir John Bankes's estates in North Lynn, West Lynn and Clenchwarton, Norfolk, c.1622-1650

An outline of the collection, with examples of notable documents, is given in Irving Gray, 'The Lydney Park papers', Quarterly Review, 289 (1951), 55-67, and in D. M. Barratt, 'The Bankes Papers: a first report', Bodleian Library Record, 4 (1952-3), 312-23. A detailed calendar of most of the collection, and an index of the people, places and subjects, are available in the Library.

System of Arrangement

The papers have been kept in the order they were found in 1949.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Found among the muniments of the Bathurst and Wynter families in the Lydney Park estate office in 1949.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from the Lydney Park Estate Co. in 1950.

Access Conditions

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Existence of Copies

A detailed calendar of most of the collection, and an index of the people, places and subjects, are available in the Library.

Further Information

Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 37845-921

Access Points

Attorneys general

Law | Great Britain | 17th century

Bankes | John | 1589-1644 | Sir | Knight Attorney General

Great Britain | history | Charles I, 1625-1649

Norfolk (England) | History | 17th century

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