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Bradfer-Lawrence - a rather different kind of collection

Yorkshire gentry pedigrees and arms


heraldry illustrations


This magnificent volume of pedigrees and coats of arm was previously in the library of Ralph Thoresby the Leeds topographer, antiquary and historian.

Born in 1658 the son of a well-to-do Leeds wool and cloth merchant, Ralph Thoresby was brought up to follow the business concerns of his father. His interests, however, turned to antiquarian research, which pursuit he avidly followed whilst living in London and Rotterdam to continue his mercantile training. His diary, commenced at the age of 19 and continued throughout his life, reveals that most of his time was spent in wide-ranging reading and antiquarian study. Although maintaining the family business until 1705, his reputation grew as an antiquary and collector – of coins, medals and other objects for his museum, as well as of books and manuscripts. His topographical work on Leeds, the ‘Ducatus Leodiensis’, was begun by 1692, and he wrote and contributed to a number of other works. Thoresby died in 1725 and was buried in the chancel of St Peter’s church in Leeds.

Pages 119-120

These pages contain coats of arms of members of the Sevell/Sevill (Savile) family of Thornhill and Elland.