John Amherst 1744-1797

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John AMHERST 1744-1797

Amherst's bookplate (British Museum Franks Collection 444)

Biographical Note

Son of Nicholas Amherst, of East Farleigh, Kent. Matriculated at Trinity Hall, Cambridge 1762, but did bit graduate; he was admitted at the Middle Temple in 1760. In 1772 he inherited an estate at Boxley Abbey, Kent, from his relation by marriage Edward Seyliard (a younger relation of John Seyliard, d.1745).


Amherst used an engraved armorial bookplate, made after he had inherited Boxley Abbey (Franks 444); the extent and disposition of his library are not known. His brief will, in which he left all his estate to his wife, has no specific mention of books.


Gambier Howe, E. R. J. Franks bequest: catalogue of British and American book plates bequeathed to the ... British Museum. London, 1903-4.

  • Venn, J. and J. A., Alumni Cantabrigienses, Cambridge, 1922.