James Bertie 1653-1699

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James BERTIE, 1st Earl of Abingdon 1653-1699

Bookplate of James Bertie, Earl of Abingdon (BM Franks Collection *43)

Biographical Note

Younger son of Montagu Bertie, 2nd Earl of Lindsey. He inherited estates in Berkshire and the title 5th Baron Norreys in 1657. Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire 1674; increasingly involved thereafter in political affairs, he was created Earl of Abingdon in 1682.

Characteristic Markings

Bertie used an engraved armorial bookplate (Franks 2370/*43); the extent and disposition of his library is not known.


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