Friday, 13 April 2007

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

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