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William Dugdale Correspondence


Unknown to William Dugdale, Blyth Hall, 23 January 1649

Account of the king's trial.

Merevale, HT10/19


Unknown to William Dugdale, Blyth Hall, [30 January 1649]

Account of the king's execution. Expresses fears of future persecution.

Merevale, HT10/20


William Dugdale to Unknown, [1652]

Concerning the descent of Aston.

Folger, X.c.46

Probably to William Booth


William Dugdale, Blyth Hall to Unknown, 16 April 1653

Concerning illustrations for the Monasticon and the arrangement of the text. 

British Library, Add MS 22,883, 4

Catalogued as to Bysshe, but refers to him in third person.


Unknown to William Dugdale, [October 1661]

Concerning the collection of the free gift in Staffordshire.

Merevale, HT11/8/123


Unknown to William Dugdale, 7 August 1665

Apologising for non-appearance at the visitation.

College of Arms, Visitation Papers: Yorks, Northumb. & Durham


William Dugdale, London to Unknown, 8 March 1669

'Honoured Sir, Though I know very well that you do not want intelligence of such newes here, as is of most moment; yet, presuming that you will hardly have such an exact account of what I shall here tell you, I have adventured upon the relation, being very sure that it will not be unacceptable to you, and those other worthy persons with whom you are.'

'It is of the exemplary piety and charity of a worth Lady', Alice, duchess Dudley, who had died in her house at Holborn on 22nd January aged 90 and was to be buried within about 10 days with a heraldic funeral with Dugdale and 3 or 4 other heralds in attendance.

'She had divers daughters by this her husband, but all are dead, excepting the widow of Sir Richard Leveson of Staffordshire', the sole executrix. 'Sir Robert Holburne, the greate and learned lawyer, was husbad to another of them; who prevailed so far with the last King, when he was at Oxford in the late troublesome times, that, partly in consideration of the greate losses which Sir Robert Dudley had, by his departure out of England .. and partly for the services done by Sir Robert Holburne and Sir Ric. Leveson to the King in his great distresses', that the king granted Alice the title of Duchess Dudley for life and her daughters to have the place of the daughters of a duke.

The letter gives details of Alice's gifts to various churches during her life and the charitable bequests in her will. 'there is already a very noble monument, which she hath caused to be made for herselfe at Stoneley above twenty years since, all of black and white marble, which cost neare foure hundred pounds'.

'Sir, I beleive that the most noble Countess of Pembroke, who exceeds all in her memorable workes of piety and charity, will be well pleased to heare, that there is one in the South, who hath in some sort imitated her in these excellent Christian duties; I therefore leave it to your wisdome how and when to impart it to her. I hope you will pardon this my boldnesse with you, who am, Your most faithfull and obliged servant'.

Endorsed: 'The memorable workes of piety, charity, and magnificence, of the late Lady Dutches Dudley, the English Paula'.

Hamper, 386-9; Gentleman's Magazine, April 1820, p. 310

Recipient is someone associated with Lady Anne Clifford, countess of Pembroke.
Alice, duchess Dudley was the daughter of Sir Thomas Leigh of Stoneleigh, Warws. and wife of Sir Robert Dudley, illegitimate son of the Elizabethan Earl of Leicester. See also Lady Katherine Leveson.


William Dugdale to Unknown, [1670]

Written to someone who was going to Oxford, sending greetings to Thomas Barlow and Anthony Wood and sending Wood a message about his collections of the arms in University College, Oxford.

Bodleian, MS Ballard 14, 7



William Dugdale, Blyth Hall to Unknown, 1 January 1677

'And now Sir that I have this opportunity, and that you can easily write to our freind Mr Wood; knowing how well he loves Antiquities, I do desire to understand, whether he would be content to accept of such imployment for two or three yeares, upon good termes, as may verse him in the Records in the Tower and other places; there being a worthy person of Staffordshire, who would give a convenient allowance to so trusty and skilfull a person, to extract from our publique Records what may be fitt for such a worke for that county, as is myne of Warwickshire. If he shall be willing to do this, I doubt not, if he please, but to helpe him to a Heraulds place, upon good termes, so that making his residence in London, for the most part, he may very conveniently undergo both these imployments. His sobrietie, industrye, and goodnesse is such, that I do much desire that he may spend his time in some worthy publique worke'.

He thinks Wood should come to London before Easter ('it being but 46 miles from Oxford'). He won't himself be in London until Easter term.

Bodleian, MS Wood F 41, 100