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Collection Level Description: Correspondence and Papers of Roger Gale

Reference: MSS. Top. gen. d. 74-6
Title: Correspondence and Papers of Roger Gale
Dates of Creation: 1715-44
Extent: 3 shelfmarks
Name of Creator: Roger Gale

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Roger Gale (1672-1744) was an antiquary. See the Dictionary of National Biography for further details.

Scope and Content

Three volumes of 'collections relating to the antiquitys of Britain etc' in the hand of Roger Gale, containing copies of his correspondence, 1715-44, and antiquarian discourses. The correspondents include Sir John Clerk, John Horsley, Maurice Johnson and William Stukeley. Each volume has a list of contents and an index. The last volume was completed by Gale's daughter-in-law Catherine; the first and second have occasional annotations by George Allan, who edited many of the letters and discourses for John Nichols, Bibliotheca Topographica Britannica (London: 1780-90), vol. iii.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Bookplate of Henry Gale (grandson of Roger); presumably sold when Scruton Hall was demolished in 1953; bookplate of K.K. Wood.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought by the Library from Waterfields in 1984.

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Finding Aids

A description is available in the Library, where there is also a card index to unpublished catalogues.

Publication Note

See Mary Clapinson 'Roger Gale, an eighteenth-century antiquary', Bodleian Library Record XII (1986), pp. 106-18.

Access Points


Allan | George | 1736-1880 | antiquary and topographer

Gale | Roger | 1672-1744 | antiquary

Horsley | John | 1685-1732 | archaeologist

Johnson | Maurice | 1688-1775 | Lincolnshire antiquary

Stukeley | William | 1687-1765 | Anglican clergyman, physician, and antiquary

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