John Brickdale Blakeway was born at Shrewsbury on 24 June 1765 and educated in his native town and at Westminster and Oriel College, Oxford (BA 1786, MA 1795). He was a student at Lincoln's Inn, but in 1793 was ordained, and from 1794 until his death on 10 March 1826 was minister of the peculiar of St. Mary's Shrewsbury. His chief interest was in the topography and antiquities of his native town and county. He died just before the publication of the last part of the History of Shrewsbury, by H. Owen and J.B. Blakeway. In 1831 a book by him on the Sheriffs of Shropshire was posthumously issued.
Hugh Owen, Some account of the ancient and present state of Shrewsbury (Shrewsbury, 1808), interleaved in two volumes and annotated by J.B. Blakeway.
The collection was bought from W.H. Naunton of Shrewsbury in 1918.Access Conditions
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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. 37928-9.Related Units of Description
See also Blakeway Manuscripts.
Blakeway | John Brickdale | 1765-1826 | Topographer