Roger Gale (1672-1744) was an antiquary. See the Dictionary of National Biography for further details.
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.
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.Access Conditions
A description is available in the Library, where there is also a card index to unpublished catalogues.Publication Note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.
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