Fragmenta Genealogica, Volume 1


This rare series is an outstanding compilation of English genealogical information drawn from many ancient sources, such as the Munimenta Antiqua, apprentice books, will books, church records, brass rubbings and historical documents from the author’s personal collection. Most of the data is from the 1600’s and 1700’s, but a few families have records going back to the 1500’s and earlier. Included are descriptions of family coats of arms (with some illustrations), autographs, deeds, entries in Bibles, grants of arms, lists of rectors, monumental inscriptions, pedigrees, register extracts, seals and wills. The original volumes were beautifully printed on Crisp’s private press in limited editions of fifty. Crisp also collaborated with Joseph Jackson Howard on the distinguished series, Visitation of England and Wales. The information in Fragmenta Genealogica is every bit as significant as that found in Visitation, but is of a more random and sometimes more interesting variety.

Volume 1: A sample of the contents, too extensive to list in full: Arms of Beauchamp, Courtney, Earle, Ellis, Fytch, Holland, John of Gaunt, Leigh, North, Pratt, Robinson, Sir Robert Spencer, Swinborne, Tyson, Wilson and Wood. Autographs of Nathaniel Bacon, 1631; Robert Bence, 1604; Thomas Edwards, 1695; Ralph Hawtrey, 1695; and Sir John Henden, 1682. Deeds: Alexander, Bacon, Barker, Bence, Benett, Bright, Clayton, Clipton, Coo, Colman, Copping, Duncombe, Edwards, Fox, Godbold, Hackett, Hare, Hawtrey, Henden, Holmes, Langley, Lee, Lukin, Macro, Manby, Mather, Mileson, Mosley, Newman, Playters, Pye, Seymour, Smyth, Spring, Towler, Wade. Pedigrees: Cary, from Edward III; Comport, of Chiselhurst, Kent; Fytch, of North Cray, Kent; Kempsall, of Compton, Surrey. Wills: Aldryche; Brynte, Dey alias Rayner, Elmy, Hamond, Owen, Pelse, Sandcroft. Also in this volume: entries in Bibles, grants of arms, lists of rectors, monumental inscriptions, register extracts and seals.

Frederick A. Crisp

(1886, 1996), 2013, 8½x11, paper, index, 94 pp.

ISBN: 9780788404634