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William Dugdale Correspondence

Randle Holme (1627-1700)

Chester arms painter whose pretensions to act as a herald were opposed by Dugdale.

Randle Holme, Chester to William Dugdale, 11 December 1661

Concerning the removal of the mark of illegitimacy from the coat of a young woman in Chester 'whom it hath pleased God to linke in affections to one of neere Relation to my selfe'.

Hamper, 357-8; Merevale, HT4/5/1


Randle Holme, Chester to William Dugdale, London, 19 October 1668

Asking Dugdale to delay prosecution, since his father-in-law is unable to visit him in London this term and is unwilling that Holme should go on his own.

See letters from George Wilson, father of Holme's 2nd wife.

Merevale, HT4/4/2


Randle Holme, Chester to William Dugdale, Blyth Hall, 6 September 1669

Concerning the funeral of Mrs Frances Booth.

Merevale, HT4/4/3


Randle Holme, Chester to William Dugdale, London, 23 June 1670

Covering letter enclosing a bill for 20 and asking for a receipt.

Merevale, HT4/5/8


Randle Holme, Chester to William Dugdale, 26 July 1675

Covering letter for the fee due following the funerals of Sir Gilbert Ireland and his wife.

Merevale, HT4/5/9


Randle Holme, Chester to William Dugdale, Heralds' Office, 25 July 1677

'Honoured Sir, I desire pardon for my so long neglect in not before this tyme to have sent yow up the inclosed certificates. But the cheife cause was in regard they were so few & also because I did entend my selfe to have both writ them & drawne the coats in colours in a booke (& as my grandfather & father did) would have sent it to the office once in the space of 5. 6. or 7 yeares according as it should be filled, but your letters forbidinge me so to doe I have set that aside & have sent them as they were taken.

Sir my freinds are very few in London else I should have written to some to have treated with the office about a deputation, & on the otherhand moneys is so scarce with me beside I have some troubles upon me that I cannot come up myselfe else I should not have bine from thence so longe. How ever at last I met with a freind & kindsman of mine in Chester whose liveing is in London to whom I tould my case who hath promised me to se yow & Sir Henry & to discourse yow about my concernes. So that what he & yow doe conclude I shalbe willing to agree to & what bonds or Articles shalbe betweene us if they be sent downe I shall willingly signe the same, for ther shall not any person be more ready to stand up for the advance of the office then my selfe & I am sure some thing must be speedily done else Heraudry in our parts will shortly be neglected & cast out of doores: for the great ones now have left it off, & the second sort will soone follow. Yet had I any encouragement & power to either shew or speake I would use my endeavour to bringe the gentry to what hath bine formerly used. So craveing your pardon with the presentation of my humble service to your selfe & Sir Henry St George, I am your most humble and devoted servant'.

College of Arms, Muniment Room, 2/3/63