Rawlinson, Richard, 1690-1755

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Richard Rawlinson (1690-1755) was the son of Sir Thomas Rawlinson, wine merchant, and lord mayor of London in 1706. After being educated at St. Paul's school and Eton, Rawlinson matriculated at St. John's college, Oxford, as a gentleman commoner in 1708; he proceeded BA in 1711, MA in 1713, and received the honorary degree of DCL in 1719. He was FRS and FSA, and a Bishop among the Nonjurors (1728). In 1719-26 he travelled in Holland, France, Germany and Italy, gradually amassing a foreign, classical and English library, as well as coins. Rawlinson also bought extensively at London book sales between 1715 and 1755. When his elder brother Thomas, also a great book collector, died in 1726, Rawlinson catalogued his manuscripts, and secured a large proportion of them, including oriental volumes, at the sale of 1734. In 1750 Rawlinson founded an Anglo-Saxon Professorship at Oxford. Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography .

From the guide to the Oriental manuscripts of Richard Rawlinson, 15th?-18th century, (University of Oxford, Department of Oriental Collections, Bodleian Library)


From the description of Collection, 1710-1717. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 83065561

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referencedIn Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888,. W. (William) Chappell English ballad index collection, 18--. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn MISCELLANEOUS TRACTS and papers, as follows:-1. Papers relating to the Savoy Hospital in the Strand, London, viz. (a) "Case of the Savoy," being a brief account of it from the time of Henry III. to about 1725. f. 2;-(b) "Lord Keeper Wright's sentenc... British Library
creatorOf Caesar, Julius. De bello Gallico : manuscript, [14--]. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Descriptions of MSS. Rawlinson B. 1-511 by Bulkeley Bandinel, [ca. 1810] University of Oxford, Bodleian Library
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, R-Z, and unidentified. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Letters of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., collected and edited by George Birkbeck Hill, extra-illustrated, 1413-1900 (inclusive), 1775-1839 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Oriental manuscripts of Richard Rawlinson, 15th?-18th century University of Oxford, Department of Oriental Collections, Bodleian Library
referencedIn CATALOGUE Of treaties of peace and commerce between England and the various powers of Europe, from the 12th century to 1607, contained in the Chapter House at Westminster. Made in 1611 by Arthur Agard and George Austen, Vice-Chamberlains of the Exche... British Library
referencedIn ORIGINAL LETTERS addressed to John Anstis, Garter King of Arms (ob. 1745), on antiquarian subjects, principally heraldic or genealogical; 21 Oct. 1700-19 Mar. 1741/2. The last letter, dated 12 Apr. 1746, must be to John Anstis jun. The names of the w... British Library
creatorOf Rawlinson, Richard, 1690-1755. Collection, 1710-1717. Library of Congress
referencedIn Rollins, Hyder Edward, 1889-1958. Catalogue of the Pepysian ballads at Magdalene College, Cambridge alphabetically by first lines ... to which is also added a catalogue of the Rawlinson and Wood collections : manuscript, 1919-1920. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Rawlinson Manuscripts, 8th-18th century Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
referencedIn Oriental manuscripts of Richard Rawlinson, 15th?-18th century University of Oxford, Department of Oriental Collections, Bodleian Library
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associatedWith Caesar, Julius. person
associatedWith Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888, person
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correspondedWith Johnson, Samuel, 1709-1784 person
associatedWith Rawlinson Richard 1690-1755 person
associatedWith Rollins, Hyder Edward, 1889-1958. person
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Mauritius, Indian Ocean
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Birth 1690-02-03

Death 1755-04-06


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