John Tidcomb 1642-1714

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John TIDCOMB or TIDCOMBE 1642-1714

John Tidcomb's bookplate (British Museum Franks Collection *582)

Biographical Note

Son of Peter Tidcomb, of Calne, Wiltshire. His early career is not known; in 1685 he became captain in the Earl of Huntingdon's Foot regiment, and progressed through a successful military career, being appointed lieutenant general in 1707. He was also well known as a "society figure and wit" (ODNB).


Tidcomb used an engraved armorial bookplate (Franks 29468/29469/*582); the extent and disposition of his library is not known.


  • Childs, John. "Tidcomb, John (1642–1713), army officer." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
  • Gambier Howe, E. R. J. Franks bequest: catalogue of British and American book plates bequeathed to the ... British Museum. London, 1903.