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Martin, Thomas, 1697-1771 (antiquarian and lawyer)



  • Existence: 1697-1771

Thomas Martin was was an antiquarian and lawyer. He was born at Thetford but moved to Palgrave, Suffolk in 1723 and lived there for the rest of his life. A meeting with Peter Le Neve, Norroy King of Arms and first President of the revived Society of Antiquaries led to a lifelong passion for antiquities. After the death of his first wife, he married the widow of Le Neve and thus acquired his collection of English antiquities and pictures intended by Le Neve for donation to a public institution. Martin added to the collection, but latterly money troubles led to his having to sell many of the historical books and some manuscripts.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

MS 95: Composite manuscript including five texts, 14th century

Identifier: MS 95
Contents Contains five texts, in several different hands.ff. 1r-3v: short sermonsff. 4r-63v: compilation of religious passagesff. 64r-116r: sermonsff. 117r-133r: ‘Flores in Contemplationem’ by Pseudo(?)-Augustineff. 133v-140r: Anonymous sermonThe texts are described separately, under MS 95/ff. 1r-3v; MS 95/ff. 4r-63v; MS 95/ff. 64r-116r; MS 95/ff. 117r-133r; and MS 95/ff. 133v-140r. Writing It is written in court hand of a good...
Dates: 14th century

MS 136: Works on Latin prosody by John Seward, c 1410-1422

Identifier: MS 136
Scope and Contents MS 136 is a volume of works by the fifteenth-century London schoolmaster, John Seward (or Seguarde). Seward wrote about a dozen short treatises on Latin prosody during the reigns of Henry IV and Henry V, and these works were primarly known and examined in a manuscript of Merton College, Oxford, thought to be unique. However, examination of MS 136 reveals that the Merton manuscript is a slightly later, and finer copy of the original text contained in MS 136. In fact, MS 136 is most probably...
Dates: c 1410-1422