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BURTON, John. Monasticon Eboracense. 1758.


BURTON, John. Monasticon Eboracense: and the Ecclesiastical History of Yorkshire containing an Account of the first Introduction of Christianity in that Diocese, until the End of William the Conqueror's Reign etc.& Account of Hemingbrough. xii, 448, [35]pp., 2 folding plans (Fountains Abbey, St Mary’s Abbey Kirkstall) and a large folding map of the Parish of Hemingborough. A very good copy in full contemporary diced calf, ornate gilt panelled spine expertly relaid. Armorial book-plate of R.M. French Chiswell, Esq., folio. Published by Printed for the author by N Nickson in Coffee-Yard, York, 1758. ESTC T153577 . “The work was intended to be completed in two volumes, and the plates inserted in the present volume were to have been given in the second volume, but the author dying February 21, 1771, the design was never completed. The manuscript of the second volume is now in the library at Burton Constable.” Boyne III. ~ In 1758, John Burton published his Monasticon Eboracense, containing notes taken from his own transcripts of more than a thousand Torre deeds. In his preface, Burton stated that the deeds ‘gathered out of the rubbish [of St Mary’s tower] ... after passing through several hands, are now become the property of William Roundel esquire, an eminent physician at this city [of York]’. The Monasticon Eboracense provides, for each religious house, an alphabetical list of its lands, with details of deeds abstracted from the Torre collection, various cartularies, the Monasticon Anglicanum, and other sources, including manuscripts of Roger Dodsworth and Nathaniel Johnston. The list of holdings is followed by a catalogue of the heads of the house, and a list of testamentary burials. Robert Muilman French-Chiswell (1734-1797), was an English banker, antiquarian and MP. He committed suicide after his bankruptcy. He was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1791. He is said to have owned some "fine Caxtons" which were accidentally burned.