Richard Freeman 1646-1710

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Richard FREEMAN 1646-1710

Richard Freeman's bookplate (British Museum, Franks Collection)

Biographical Note

Born in Gloucestershire, son of John Freeman. Matriculated at Christ Church, Oxford 1661, but did not graduate; entered the Middle Temple, where he became a barrister in 1674. Through his friendship with John Somers, he was appointed Lord Chancellor of Ireland in 1707.


Freeman used an engraved armorial bookplate (Franks 11343/*452); the extent of his library is not known, and he died intestate.


  • Foster, J. Alumni Oxonienses. Oxford, 1891.
  • Gambier Howe, E. R. J. Franks bequest: catalogue of British and American book plates bequeathed to the ... British Museum. London, 1903.
  • Richard Freeman (Wikipedia).