Owen Buckingham 1674-1720

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Owen BUCKINGHAM 1674-1720

Buckingham's bookplate (British Museum Franks Collection 4233)

Biographical Note

Son of Sir Owen Buckingham, merchant and Lord Mayor of London 1704-5, from whom he inherited significant wealth in 1713. He was MP for Reading 1708-20 and was set to follow a successful career like his father, but these prospects were cut short by his death in a duel in 1720.


Buckingham is likely to have inherited books from his father; like him, he used an engraved armorial bookplate (Franks 4233). The extent and disposition of the library after 1720 is not known.


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