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William Dugdale Correspondence

William Booth

Warwickshire barrister of Witton in Aston, Birmingham. In the Antiquities of Warwickshire Dugdale desribed Booth as 'a Gentleman so well affected to Antiquities, that by his judicious observation of sundry notable things ... which with much freenesse he hath imparted toward this present work, he deserves a better acknowledgment from me, than by a few words can be exprest'

William Dugdale to William Booth, 19 April 1652

Asking him to approach Sir Thomas Holt about his queries concerning Aston.

Pierpoint Morgan Library, MA 1346 (92), See British Literary MSS (1981), p.39


William Dugdale, Blyth Hall to William Booth, Witton, 13 October 1652

'Worthy Sir

When I returned hither from London, (which was about the latter end of August) with a resolution not to goe up againe till the next spring, I purposed to wayte upon you at Witton ere this; but having since bin much importuned by severall Letters to hasten thither before the next Terme in regard that the worke which my freind Mr Dodsworth hath in the presse doth want my assistance, I cannot be soe good as my word with you. To morrow I sett forwards, and if you be there at the Terme I will wayte on you.

I have lately perfected my discourse of Erdington, and finde that Sir Thomas Erdington was the last of that family which had to doe there; but whither he had any issue or not I know not. Beyond 5 E. 4 I have seene noe mention of him; and in 11 H. 7. Sir Reginald Bray possest it. I would know how it came from him to Bray. Sir Edmund, the nephew and heire to Sir Reginald, sold it in 21 H. 8.; there are divers persons in the Fyne, but I suppose Francis Englefeild esqr [4 E. 6 in margin] was the purchaser who past it to Humfrey Dimock esqr in 3 et 4 Ph. & M.

If you can by the sight of any private evidence, or other notes satisfye me clearely in these scruples, and whither Sir Henry Dymock sold it to Sir Walter Devereux, and when, you will much oblige

Your very humble servant'

Birmingham Reference Library, Warwickshire MSS L/3, 87


William Dugdale, Blyth Hall to William Booth, Witton, 13 June 1653

'Worthy Sir

With very many thankes for your late favours I here send you that paper [annotated - 'The Answer of Boughton'], whereof I told you; wherein something is sayd in justification of improvements by Inclosures but not much. I have also here inclosed a copye of Roger de Sumery his clayme touching the Leete &c in Bordsleye and the other hamletts within Aston parish; whereby I see that your fathers note is right; and therefore I have corrected that which I [sent] you, being now well satisfyed that my copye (which I tooke from the Record with my owne hands) is true; whereas I doubted that I had overslipt Witton, [but] it sayes that .. [extract in Latin from record] .. thence concluding that Wycton was one of them.

There is a place not farr from Bermingham called Kempe-hill, I pray you observe whither that ykenild-streete passes not neare it, and take notice whither ther[e be] any entrenchment on that hill; for the name of it should import that there [hath] bin a campe there.

I am of opinion that if ykenild doe not goe to Alcester in this countye, [?] to Worcester, which over some part of the Lickey may doubtlesse be discerned; and I hope your neighbour Mr Willys will discover it.

At your leisure I will expect a very breife note how Wytton past from [?] hand from Dixley till it came to your ancestour; and a transcript of the [?] in Aston-church. I pray you lett me know the blazon of Knights coate on the monument of Willia Holte. If you can without trouble to your selfe [provide] me any further light from Mr Kinardsley in relation to Ward-end; or from [Mr] Bradwood touching Little Bromwych I shall take it as a favour from you. I purpose sometime this weeke to wayte upon Sir Thomas Holte, but I cannot resolve of the day. Soe I rest

your most affectionate freind and servant'.

Directed: 'Leave this letter at Mr Jennings his shopp in Bermingahm to be sent as abovesaide'.

Birmingham Reference Library, Warwickshire MSS L/3, 87

Damaged at left edge.


William Booth to William Dugdale, 15 June 1653

'Kind Sir,

I have observed the place called Kemp-hill neere Birm: and made inquiry thereof, but cannot discover any thing of Antiquity concerning it. Nor can I track ykenild street any furhter. Camden in his Britannia [Discourse of the Remaines in Britaine deleted and in margin ref. to Camden 1610 edn., f. 64, 456] speaking of the foure Romane ways accounts Ikenild street for one of them, and supposeth it to be so named because ... But certainly that street then mentioned is not the same with that in my old deed .. f. 456 put me in mind that Inkorrow neere Alcester may have as much related to Ikenild street as his Ikborrow there mentioned considering that its seated in or very neere the way for Holfrod where the way is plainly discerned to Pershore whither your freind conceives it to goe. Mr Willis sayth hee has made much inquiry amongst antient men living about the Licky & other parts in Worcester' but cannot learne anything.

I despaire of any Intelligence from Mr Kinnersly concerning Ward end or Mr Brandwood of Little Bromwich though I hav emuch incouragement there.

I gave the more credit to [an Inquisition] because it was found before Mr Holt then steward of Sutton, and a knowing man, and for that it was certaine that Franke Courte of Warwick levied a Fine to H7 Hill: 3 H7 wherin this of Sutton is compassed (as I am informed) the sight of'

Birmingham Reference Library, Warwickshire MSS L/3, 87

Draft - ends abruptly in middle of sentence


William Dugdale, Blyth Hall to William Booth, Witton, 20 June 1653

Describing his visit to Sir Thomas Holt at Aston Hall and the state of the archive.

Warwickshire Record Office, CR337/1


William Dugdale, Blyth Hall to William Booth, 17 October 1663

Concerning legal papers to be ingrossed and others to be cancelled.

William Salt Library, S.MS.28, S.MS.28, f. 488