Edward Nicholas 1662/3-1726
Edward NICHOLAS 1662/3-1726
First son of Sir John Nicholas and Penelope Compton of West Horsley, Surrey and Gillingham, Dorset. Matriculated at New College, Oxford, 1679. Created DCL 1702. MP for Shaftesbury 1689-1726. Commissioner of the Privy Seal 1711-13. Married Rachel Wyndham.
Nicholas used engraved armorial bookplates: Franks 21787 (dated 1703); 21788 (a smaller plate); 21789 (the larger plate with altered inscription, and dated 1705). Examples (both 1703): Cambridge University Library Hib.3.665.1; Harris Manchester College, Oxford F1695/2(2). The binding of the first of these bears an armorial stamp of Charles II, and was most likely amongst books passed down the family; Nicholas’s grandfather Sir Edward had been the King’s Secretary of State.
Nicholas’s will did not specify books, but did record ‘I owe to Mr. Stokoe a bookbinder [probably Luke Stokoe of London] about five pounds or more’.
- Will of Edward Nicholas, The National Archives PROB 11/615/246.
- Gambier Howe, E. R. J. Franks bequest: catalogue of British and American book plates bequeathed to the ... British Museum. London, 1903-4.
- History of Parliament.