Charles Barnwell 1679-1750
Charles BARNWELL 1679-1750
The first Charles was the son of Charles Barnwell of Mileham, Norfolk, a member of a long-established gentry family there. Matriculated at St Catherine's College, Cambridge 1695, but did not graduate; admitted at Lincoln's Inn 1699. He lived the life of a country gentleman thereafter, with 3 marriages and 15 children. His eldest son, also named Charles, inherited the Mileham estate.
The elder Charles used an engraved armorial bookplate labelled "Charles Barnwell Esqr. Mileham Norfolk" (Franks 1570); his son continued to use the plate, but had the bottom line of text ("Mileham Esqr. Norfolk") removed (Franks 1569). An anonymous version of the plate, with no wording beneath the arms, is likely to have been used by another, later member of the family. The extent of the library is not known, but we assume it largely passed down the family through the generations; the will of the rector's eldest son, another Charles (1736-1802) mentions "all my printed books" as part of the inheritance of his brother William (1740-1810), after whose death they were to go to William's son George (1768-1822).
- Landed families of Britain and Ireland.
- Will of Charles Barnwell, d.1803, The National Archives PROB 11/1386/315.
- Blatchly, J., Some Suffolk and Norfolk ex-libris, London, 2000, p.34.
- Gambier Howe, E. R. J. Franks bequest: catalogue of British and American book plates bequeathed to the ... British Museum. London, 1903.
- Venn, J. and J. A., Alumni Cantabrigienses, Cambridge, 1922.