George Bramston d.1710

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Sir George BRAMSTON d.1710

George Branston's bookplate (British Museum, Franks Collection)

Biographical Note

Son of Sir Mundeford Bramston, Master in Chancery and Chancellor of Winchester Cathedral. LL.B Trinity Hall, Cambridge 1674, LL.D 1682; fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, 1672-96, Master of Trinity Hall, Cambridge 1703-10. Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge, 1703-4; deputy judge of the Admiralty.


In his will, which shows he had property in Essex and Middlesex, Bramston directed that his daughter Theodosia should have "all such English books of mine" as she should choose, "and which my executors shall think proper for her to have". Otherwise, his books, together with his medals, plate, furniture and other goods, were to be sold by his executors with the proceeds held in trust for Theodosia until she was 21. His manuscripts were separately bequeathed to such of his nephews as went on to careers in civil law; in a codicil to the will, he added that these manuscripts should not be lent or made available to anyone else meanwhile.

Bramston's library was sold by auction in London, beginning 18 December 1710; no catalogue survives, but the sale was advertised in the Daily Courant as comprising "a very good collection of very valuable books, of civil, canon and common law, also divinity, history &c in several languages".

Characteristic Markings

Bramston used an engraved armorial bookplate (Franks 3256/*239).


  • Will of George Bramston, The National Archives PROB 11/518/153.
  • Alston, R. C. Inventory of sale catalogues 1676-1800. St Philip, 2010.
  • Gambier Howe, E. R. J. Franks bequest: catalogue of British and American book plates bequeathed to the ... British Museum. London, 1903.
  • Venn, J. & J. A. Alumni Cantabrigienses. Cambridge, 1922.