Friday, 20 April 2007

Lord James, Earl of Barrymore

Lt. General James Barry, 4th Earl of Barrymore (1667-1747)
Baron Barry (cr. c. 1261), and Viscount Barry (cr. 1541) in the Co. of Cork in Ireland

F1653 – Early Armorial
Arms – Barry
Motto – Boutes en avant (on the origins of the motto (see,

The son Richard Barry, 2nd Earl of Barrymore (1630 - 1694), a royalist, and his second wife Martha Lawrence (d 1664), dau of Henry Lawrence of London by Amy Peyton).
Suc. his elder brother Laurence Barry, 3rd Earl of Barrymore (dsp 17.04.1699) and married thrice. 1stly to Elizabeth Boyle (b. 1662), dau of Charles Boyle, Lord Clifford); 2ndly to Elizabeth Savage (d 1713/4), dau of Richard Savage, Earl Rivers and 3rdly to Anne Chichester (d 1753) , dau of Arthur Chichester, 3rd Earl of Donegal.
A grandson of David Barry, 6th Viscount Barry who was cr. Earl of Barrymore in 1627/28.
Lord Barrymore was a member of the short-lived Patriot Parliament of 1689, called by James II.
Both his great-grandsons Richard Barry (1769–1793) and Henry Barry (1770–1823), 7th and 8th Earls of Barrymore were to become sadly famous for being rakes and for their extravagantcies (see, Robinson, John Robert. The Last Earls of Barrymore 1769-1824. London. Sampson Low, Marston & Co. 1894).

See, The Active Irish Peers in the Early Eighteenth Century, F. G. James, The Journal of British Studies, Vol. 18, No. 2 (Spring, 1979), pp. 52-69

Thursday, 19 April 2007

Deborah W. Dering & Charlotte Monypenny Bookplates

F8502 - Arms: Dering impalling Winchester. Motto in greek.

She was the dau of John Winchester, of Nethersole, and m. in 1765, as his 2nd wife, Sir Edward Dering, 6th Baronet of Surrenden Dering (b. 1732-1798). The latter descended from Sir Edward Dering, 1st Bart of Surrenden Dering (1598-1644), who was a noted Royalist, MP for Kent and Lieutenant of Dover Castle, pardoned by Parliament in 1644.

But the bookplate also bears a manuscript name at the top: Charlotte Monypenny.

Deborah W. Dering and Sir Edward Dering had several children amongst whom Charlotte Dering (b. circa 1766- d 11.1826) who m. in 1802 Reverend Phillipps Monypenny, of Cambridge, later of Maytham Hall (1762- 1841), vicar of Hudlow.

The latter were both buried at the churchyard of Rolvenden Church, from which epitaph we read that Charlotte Dering was born in 1762, ie. three years before her parent’s marriage (?).

We have also learned from Mr. Robert Sewell’s website on the Monypenny of Pitmilly that they used a wax seal, bearing the arms of Monypenny impaling Dering, probably inherited by Elizabeth Charlotte Monypenny, their niece.

This Elizabeth Charlotte Monypenny of Maytham Hall, Rolvenden (b. circa 1809-d. 1862) was the dau of Robert Monypenny of Merrington Place, near Rolvenden, Kent - the younger brother of the above Reverend Phillipps Monypenny, and of Elizabeth Dunn dau. of James Dunn of Merrington, Durham. Charlotte Monypenny was married on 1844 to Reverend Henry Doyle Sewell, Curate of Hadlow.

We believe that she also used the bookplate of her aunt’s mother Deborah W. Dering having written her name on it.
Coming soon «The American Dering's Bookplates»

Friday, 13 April 2007

Romanov Superlibris and Bookplates

Bookplate of Csar Nicolas II Private Library in the Winter Palace
(1907, State Hermitage Museum)
Artist: Baron Armin von Foelkersam (1861-1917)

The Bookplates and Super Libris of the Imperial Russian Family

An antiquarian book dealer from the USA presented in his website a collection of
books that belonged to members of the Imperial Russian Family attested by
Superlibris stamped on the book’s covers or spines and bookplates.
The series goes from czarina Maria Feodorovna (1759-1828) to czar Alexander III and czarina Alexandra Feodorovna (1872-1918), wife of czar Nicholas II, including bookplates and Superlibris from several grand-dukes:
Bookplates and books which belonged to the Romanovs, occasionally appear in the market usually fetching high prizes.
The Library of Congress has a collection of books from the Imperial Family, bought in the early 1930’s - Books from the libraries of the Russian imperial family.
· Studemeister, Marguerite Bookplates and Their Owners in Imperial Russia, Hermitage, 1990;
· the recent study by Khudolei, V.V., Knizhnye Znaki i Sem`ia Romanovykh, [ Bookplates and the Romanov family], St. Petersburg: Zolotoi vek, 2003, unfortunately only in Russian.
· Lee, Brian North, British Royal bookplates and ex-libris of related families, Aldershot, Scolar Press, 1992

On Russian Heraldry, see, Russian Heraldry: A Brief Survey, by Dr. Mikhail Y. Medvedev.

Sir John Dolben Bookplate

Reverend Sir John Dolben, 2nd Bart (1683-1756), of Finedon, Northamptonshire
Prebendary of Durham (ODNB

F8816 - Jacobean Armorial
Arms – Dolben quartering Muslo (see, article by Cecil R. Humphery Smith, BSc, DLet, OBE, FSA on the Dolben and Muslo arms, at the British Ancestry website.

The son of Gilbert Dolben, 1st bart (1658-1722), a lawyer and MP, cr. a Bart in 1704, m. Anne, dau and heiress of Tanfield Mulso, of Finedon.
Grandson of the Right Reverend John Dolben (1625-1686), Bishop of Rochester and Archbishop of York, a staunch Royalist who after the Restoration was Clerk of the Closet to King Charles II, and m. Catherine, dau of Ralph Sheldon, of Stanton.
Sir John Dolben m. Elizabeth Digby, dau of William, Lord Digby and was succeeded by hi son Sir William Dolben, FRS, 3rd Bart, and MP.
Some of his books were later donated in 1788, by his grandson Sir John English Dolben to the Parish Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Finedon.
Successive members of this family used bookplates in their books according to the Catalogue of the Frank’s Bookplate Collection:
F129 - Sir Gilbert Dolben (1658-1722), 1st Bart, dated 1704;
F8819 - Sir William Dolben, FRS, 3rd Bart (1726-1814);
F8816 – F8817 –Sir John English Dolben 4th Bart (c. 1750 -1 837) who sold the Archbishop Sheldon Papers to the Bodleian Library, Oxford.

See, Sir John Dolben, Musical Patron, by Donald Burrows, «The Musical Times», Vol. 120, No. 1631 (Jan., 1979), pp. 65-67 and Sir John Dolben's Music Collection, by Donald Burrows, «The Musical Times», Vol. 120, No. 1632 (Feb., 1979), pp. 149-151

Tuesday, 10 April 2007

Sir Edward Hales Bookplate

Sir Edward HALES, 5th Baronet of Woodchurch (c. 1730 – 1802)

F 13257 - Jacobean Armorial

Arms - Gules, 3 arrows, 2 and 1, the points downward, or, barbed and fledged, argent.
Crest- On a wreath, a dexter arm, endowed in armor proper, garnished, or, and bound about with a riband, gules, holding an arrow, as in the arms.

The grandson of Sir John Hales, of Hackington, 4th Bart of Woodchurch (d 1744), and of Helen Bealing, daughter of Sir Richard Bealing, later Arundel, of Ireland, secretary to Dowager Queen Henrietta Maria.
The Hales, baronets of Woodchurch have an interesting story. The 1st Baronet - Sir Edward Hales, (b. c.1576 – 1654) was a Member of Parliament and among those who fought Charles I.
However, his successor and grandson Sir Edward Hales, 2nd Bart (b. c.1626, d. c.1660) was a Royalist and keen supporter of King Charles I, being involved in the attempt of freeing the King when the latter was imprisoned by Robert Hammond, at Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight. He married Anne Wotton, dau. of Thomas Wotton, 2nd Lord of Marley and died in France after the Restoration.
The 2nd bart was succeeded by his eldest son, the most famous of the Halles - Sir Edward Hales, of Hackington, 3rd Bart, born in 1645 and died in 1695, exiled in France, the great-grandfather of his namesake the 5th Baronet.
Sir Edward, converted to
Roman Catholicism and rose to high offices under James II, with whom he was much in favour. He was P.C., Lord of the Admiralty, Deputy Governor of Cinque Ports and Lieutenant-Governor of the Tower of London. After the 1688 Revolution he was imprisoned at the Tower and after his release fled to France joining the exiled King James II, at St. Germain. There, James II created him Baron Hales of Emley, Viscount Tunstall, and Earl of Tenterden (see,

The 3rd baronet and Earl of Tenterden was married to Lady Frances Windisbank (d.1693/4), dau of Col Francis Windibank, by whom he had two sons: Edward, the eldest, killed at the Battle of Boyne fighting the forces of William of Orange and the above mentioned Sir John Hales, 4th Bart.
Sir Edward Halles, 5th Baronet, succeeded his grandfather in 1744, and married 1stly. Barbara Mabella Webb (d 1770), dau of John Webb, younger of Oldstock.
According to known sources he lived at Hales Place, near Canterbury, which had been bought by his great-grandfather (see,
The title became extinct after the death of his son Sir Edward Hales, of Hales' Place, 6th Bart of Woodchurch (dsp 15.03.1829) married to Lucy Darell, dau of Henry Darell, of Colehill.
Debrett's Baronetage of England containing an account of all Existing English Baronets 1828 Coat of Arms and Lineage;
Stirnet data base; and
Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 14 -1882, pages 61-84, Brief Notes On The Hales Family. By the Rev R. Cox Hales

Tuesday, 3 April 2007

The Bookplate of the 3rd Marquess of Bute

John Patrick Crichton-Stuart, 3rd Marquess of Bute, KT (1847 – 1900)

Also Earl of Dumfries, Earl of Bute (Peerage of Scotland, Earl of Windsor, Viscount of Ayr, Viscount of Kingarth, Viscount Mountjoy, of the Isle of Wight, Lord Crichton of Sanquhar (cr. 1488), Lord Sanquhar, Lord Crichton of Sanquhar and Cumnock, Lord Mount Stuart, Cumra and Inchmarnock, Baron Mount Stuart, of Wortley in the County of York, Baron Cardiff, of Cardiff Castle, and a Baronet of Nova Scotia, styled "of Bute" Chief of the Clan Stuart

F 28499 –

Lord Bute was the son of John Crichton-Stuart, 7th Earl of Dumfries, 2nd Marquess of Bute (1793 - 1848) by his second wife Lady Sophia Frederica Christina Rawdon-Hastings (1809 – 1859), dau of Francis Rawdon Hastings, 1st Marquess of Hastings who also had a bookplate.
His grandfather was John Stuart, Lord Mount Stuart (b 1767 - dvp 1794) married to Elizabeth Penelope MacDowall Crichton (1772 - 1796, dau and heiress of Patrick Macdowall Crichton, 6th Earl of Dumfries, from whom the title of Earl of Dumfries was inherited.

The title of Marquess of Bute had been created in 1796, on behalf of his great-grandfather John Stuart, 4th Earl of Bute, Baron Mount Stuart and Baron Cardiff, PC, FRS (1744 - 1814), who married 1stly. Charlotte Jane Windsor (d 28.01.1800, dau of Herbert Hickman Windsor, Viscount Windsor.
(see, the origin of the Bute’s estates in Wales, including Cardiff Castle

His great-great-grandfather was
John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, KG, PC, (b.1713 - 1792), the Prime Minister, married to Lady Mary Montague, Baroness Mount Stuart of Wortley (b c1719 – 1794), dau and heiress of Edward Wortley-Montague, HM’s Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire and the famous letter writer and poet Lady Mary Pierrepont Wortley Montagu (1689-1762). Both the 3rd Earl of Bute - a noted bibliophile, and his mother-in-law formed or inherited splendid libraries (see, Bute Collection at the National Library of Scotland).

He descends also from Sir James Stuart, Bart, who was created by Queen Anne, Earl of Bute in 1703. The latter’s eldest son by his 1st marriage to Agnes Mackenzie (b. 1663, dau of Sir George Mackenzie of Rosehaugh), was James Stuart, 2nd Earl of Bute (d 28.01.1723) married to Anne Campbell (d 20.10.1736), dau of Archibald Campbell, 1st Duke of Argyll. The earl fought the Jacobites in the «1715 Rising» in the Army of George I.
But, Sir James, from his 2nd marriage to Christian Dundas (d 25.05.1740, dau of William Dundas of Kincavil), he had a another son John Stuart (1700 - dsp 12.1738), who, in turn, was a faithful follower of the exiled Stuart Kings and died in exile in Rome, where he is buried (see,

Back to the 3rd Marquess and his unusual coloured bookplate, we would like to quote the following text related to the
Bute Broadsides in the Houghton Library, Harvard University:

“The third Marquess of Bute, to whom we owe the assembling and survival of these rarities, is not best known as a collector, though he inherited distinguished libraries formed by the third Earl, George II’s prime minister, and the first Marquess, both of whom had served as trustees of the British Museum. These included a large part of the library of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, his great-great-great grandmother, a notable collection of early English drama (deposited in 1956 in the National Library of Scotland) and a superb collection of scientific rariora and association volumes formed by the third Earl. «Although he expended annually a considerable sum on the equipment of his libraries,» writes the biographer of their descendant:
«Bute was no bibliophile in the sense in which that word is now often used. Tall-paper copies, first editions, volumes unique for their rarity, and publications de luxe had no interest for him at all. What he aimed at was to surround himself with a first-rate working library… His library had standing orders, in the case of new books of interest and utility, to purchase three copies, so that wherever he chanced to be resident [i.e., in Scotland, Wales or London?] he found the tools of his craft ready to his hand.»4
[ 4 Sir David Hunter Blair, John Patrick, Third Marquess of Bute, K.T. (1847-1900) a Memoir (London, 1921), p. 125-6. Such characterizations (or disclaimers) need not be taken too literally. The Earl of Crawford, whose acquisitions included a Gutenberg Bible, also proclaimed, "My object in collecting is utility. I don’t search after Editiones principes, black letter and rarities." (Cited in A.R.A. Hobson’s review of Nicholas Barker’s Bibliotheca Lindesiana (1978), TLS 23 June 1978, p. 719).].
Within these interests, however, as some of the books and manuscripts dispersed by his descendant at Sotheby’s, 30 Oct. 1950, suggest, he acquired some items of surpassing interest and quality…”

Notwithstanding, it is known that the 3rd Marquess of Bute bought some precious books and manuscripts amongst which, we can refer the valuable Book of Hours - The
Murthly Hours, now belonging to the National Library of Scotland.

However, the fabulous Library of the Marquesses of Bute has been unfortunately dispersed in public auctions or private sales in the 1920’s and 1980’s, like many other important and historical libraries formed through the centuries by British Peers and gentlemen (see, Reid, Peter H., The Decline and Fall of the British Country House Library, Libraries & Culture - Volume 36, Number 2, Spring 2001, pp. 345-366).
See, the Duke’s ancestral seat -
Mount Stuart
Sources: Stirnet -