RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
Alt Ref NoMS 555
Extent81 ff.
Datelate 16th century-early 19th century
DescriptionArmorial of the Archbishops of Canterbury, with their arms described in Latin and English and in coloured depictions.. Also contains notes on the etymologies of the surnames of the Archbishops.
Written for Archbishop John Whitgift (Archbishop 1583-1604), with dedication to him at f.2r. Continued by other hands to the time of Archbishop John Moore (Archbishop 1783-1805)
Title (f.3r): 'Nomina, Insignia, Etymologiae, Insignumque Descriptiones uniuscujusque Scuti pertinentis ad singulum Cantuariensem Archiepiscopum, tàm Anglicè quàm Latinè, a Conquestu'.

f. 1r. Arms of the see of Canterbury.
f. 1v. Arms of St. Augustine of Canterbury.
ff. 3v-4r. Lanfranc.
ff. 4v-5r. Anselm.
ff. 5v-6r. Ralph d' Escures.
ff. 6v-7r. William de Corbeil.
ff. 7v-8r. Theobald.
ff. 8v-9r. Thomas Becket
ff. 9v-10r. Richard of Dover
ff. 10v-11r. Baldwin.
ff. 11v-12r. Reginald Fitzjocelin, Archbishop Elect of Canterbury
ff. 12v-13r. Hubert Walter.
ff. 13v-14r. Stephen Langton.
ff. 14v-15r. Richard Grant
ff. 15v-16r. Edmund of Abingdon.
ff. 16v-17r. Boniface of Savoy.
ff. 17v-18r. Robert Kilwardby.
ff. 18v-19r. John Pecham or John Peckham
ff. 19v-20r. Robert Winchelsey.
ff. 20v-21r. Walter Reynolds.
ff. 21v-22r. Simon Meopham.
ff. 22v-23r. John Stratford.
ff. 23v-24r. John Ufford, or John Offord, Archbishop Elect of Canterbury.
ff. 24v-25r. Thomas Bradwardine.
ff. 25v-26r. Simon Islip.
ff. 26v-27r. Simon Langham.
ff. 27v-28r. William Whittlesey.
ff. 28v-29r. Simon Sudbury.
ff. 29v-30r. William Courtenay.
ff. 30v-31r. Roger Walden.
ff. 31v-32r. Thomas Arundel.
ff. 32v-33r. Henry Chichele.
ff. 33v-34r. John Stafford.
ff. 34v-35r. John Kempe.
ff. 35v-36r. Thomas Bourchier.
ff. 36v-37r. John Morton.
ff. 37v-38r. Henry Deane.
ff. 38v-39r. William Warham.
ff. 39v-40r. Thomas Cranmer.
ff. 40v-41r. Reginald Pole.
ff. 41v-42r. Matthew Parker.
ff. 42v-43r. Edmund Grindal.
ff. 43v-44v. John Whitgift.
ff. 45r-45v. Richard Bancroft.
f. 46r. blank.
ff. 46v-47r. George Abbot.
ff. 47v-48r. William Laud.
ff. 48v-49r. William Juxon.
ff. 49v-50r. Gilbert Sheldon.
ff. 50v-51r. William Sancroft.
ff. 51v-52r. John Tillotson.
ff. 52v-53r. Thomas Tenison.
ff. 53v-54r. William Wake.
ff. 54v-55r. John Potter.
ff. 55v-56r. Thomas Herring.
ff. 56v-57r. Matthew Hutton.
ff. 57v-58r. Thomas Secker.
ff. 58v-59r. Frederick Cornwallis.
ff. 59v-60r. John Moore.
ff. 60v-80r. are ruled, but otherwise blank.
ff. 80v-81r. Copy of a letter from Henry Murray Lane (1833-1913), Chester Herald of Arms, to Samuel Wayland Kershaw, Lambeth Librarian, 28 October 1878 (in Kershaw's hand): 'I have looked over a list of Archbishops since Archbishop Potter and find that very few of them had arms recorded to their families. Manner-Sutton and Howley are the only ones I could actually find, tho I believe Herring, Secker and Cornwallis were more or less entitled . Neither Sumner nor Longley could prove or attempted to prove any right to the arms they bore. Those of Archbishop Tait I conclude are registered in Scotland, and we have no certificate of them here. Under these circumstances there may be some difficulty in my furnishing you with the list you require...'.
f. 81v. blank.
LanguageLatin and English
FindingAidsNew description by Richard Palmer, 2010
PhysicalDescriptionLeather binding (?18th century), with a floral border, gilt, and a central panel of red leather with the words 'Bibliotheca Lambethana'.
140 x 116 mm.
Text written on vellum, within a framework ruled throughout in red (except f. 181, a paper flyleaf added in rebinding).
CustodialHistoryOwned by Archbishop John Whitgift.
Subsequently in the collection of Archbishop Richard Bancroft. Recorded in his catalogue as 'Cantuariensium Archiepiscoporum insignia, octavo' (LR/F/1, f. 72v).
Former Cambridge shelfmarks: 'C. [theta]. 35' (Tanner MS. 268, f.167v) and subsequently 'octavo vol 53' (Tanner MS. 274, f. 33r), each with the description 'Insignia Archiep. Cantuar. sive arma gentilitia vivis coloribus depicta'.
RelatedMaterialMS. 1064, Arms of the Hastings family, is a similar volume and written in the same hand.

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