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Sir William Dugdale, Garter King-of-Arms ...

Latin Text:

GULIELMUS DUGDALE de Blithe Hall in par?cià de Shustoke in Comitatu Cornaviorum Warwicensi Miles, Garterij nomine Armorum Anglicorum Rex, Vir in re antiquariâ consultissimus, pro summo suo in Generum suum meritissimum D. Eliam Ashmole favore, ac gratitudine; ac in augmentum famæ hujus Musæi, Ashmoleano nomine insigniti; quadraginta octo Libros M.S. (quorum 43 in folio, 5 in quarto) Antiquitatum Britannicarum ineffabili varietate refertos, in adjunctâ Bibliothecâ Ashmoleanâ reponendos legavit.

Translation:

Sir William Dugdale, Garter King-of-Arms, of Blyth Hall in Shustoke in Warwickshire, a most learned antiquary, bequeathed forty-eight volumes in manuscript (forty-three folios and five quartos) on a wide range of British antiquities to be placed in the adjoining Ashmolean library. He gave them out of gratitude to and the deepest appreciation of his estimable son-in-law, Elias Ashmole, and to add to the reputation of this Museum which carries the distinguished name of Ashmole.

Year:MDCLXXXVII (1687);  Page Number:11 (recto)

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