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Catchmay, Lady Frances (d.1629)

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c. 1625
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"A booke of medicens".

Written by several contemporary hands, with a few later 17th cent. additions.

On the verso of the second preliminary leaf is an inscription: "This Booke with the others of Medicins, preserues and Cookerye, My lady Catchmay lefte with me to be delivered to her Sonne Sir William Catchmay Earnestly desiringe and Chardginge him to lett every one of his Brothers and Sisters to haue true Coppyes of the sayd Bookes, or such parte thereof as any of them doth desire. In witness that this was her request, I haue herevnto sett my hand at the delivery of the sayd Bookes. Ed. Bett.".


c. 1625

Physical description

1 volume 2 ll. +134 pp. +11 bl. ll. +9 ll. folio. 32 x 21 cm. Original limp vellum covers, with flap and vellum tie. Some margins damaged and frayed, with slight loss of text.

Acquisition note

Purchased 1958.

Biographical note

Lady Frances Catchmay of St. Briavels, Glos., died in 1629, and her son Sir William in 1683. [Cf. Rev. W. T. Allen 'The Family of Catchmay' in the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society Transactions, Vol. xxiv, pp. 142-155, 1901.].

Finding aids

Database description transcribed from S.A.J. Moorat, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts on Medicine and Science in the Wellcome Historical Medical Library (London: Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 1962-1973).

Location of duplicates

This recipe book has been digitised and images are linked to the catalogue record. In addition, a microfilm copy is held as AMS/MF/232.


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