Papers collected by Thomas Martin, antiquary

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Papers collected by Thomas Martin, antiquary

14th and 15th century.

Papers collected by Thomas Martin (1697-1771), Suffolk antiquary

Extent: 0.75 Linear metres, 39 physical shelfmarks
Language(s) of Material: English, English, Middle (1100-1500)

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. hist. b. 229, c. 774-775; ch. Suffolk 1579; ch. England 19-53

Biographical History

Thomas Martin, 1697–1771, was a Suffolk antiquary and book collector. He was an influential fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

Scope and Content

14th- and 15th-century documents, including an inventory of Richard II, 1378, and Royal Household and Wardrobe receipts, 1431-61, collected by Thomas Martin, originally guarded into a folio volume, with later transcripts.


The collection was bought by the Library from Sotheby's, 26 June 1975, lots 2881, 2943-2944, 3021.

Custodial History

The collection was owned by Craven Ord, and was lot 1014 in the sale of his MSS., R. H. Evans, 25 Jan, 1830.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. hist. b. 229, fols. 1-2].

Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)

Martin | Thomas| 1697-1771 | antiquary
Richard II | 1367–1400 | king of England

Corporate name(s) (NCA Rules)

Society of Antiquaries.


14th century
15th century
19th century
Royal households
Royal households -- Inventories

Descriptive List

The cover of the original volume
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 774
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Inventory of the plate and other valuables, including books, of Richard II
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 775
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 12 leaves

Scope and Content

Delivered to John Bacon, clerk, by William Sleford, Dean of Westminster, 13 May [1378]

Inventory of the household goods and valuables of Sir Simon Burley
Date: 8 November [1387]
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. b. 229
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 42 leaves

Scope and Content

With (fol. 11) transcripts of and memoranda on the inventory and notes on the Burley family by Craven Ord, c.1820

Deed of Badley
Date: 1384
Shelfmark: MS. ch. Suffolk 1579
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 leaf

Royal Household and Wardrobe receipts and orders
Date: 1431 - 61
Shelfmark: MSS. ch. England.19 - 53
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

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