Hambleton Custance 1715-1757

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Hambleton CUSTANCE 1715-1757

Biographical Note

Son of John Custance of Norwish. Matriculated at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge in 1733, but did not graduate; in the same year, he was admitted at Lincoln's Inn where he became a barrister in 1743. A 1748 painting by Francis Hayman now in the Tate Gallery depicts Custance with his friend Thomas Nuthall, solicitor to the East India Company.


Custance used an engraved bookplate, made presumably when he was at Cambridge, on which he is identified only as H.C C.C.C.C. (Franks 7737). The extent of his library is not known.


  • 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.
  • Francis Hayman painting, Wikimedia Commons.