William Blundell 1620-1698
William BLUNDELL 1620-1698
Born at Crosby Hall, Little Crosby, Lancashire; son of Nicholas Blundell (c.1590-1631), a member of a Roman Catholic gentry family there. He fought on the Royalist side in the Civil War, during which time he was badly injured. His estate was seized in the late 1640s, but by 1653 he was able to repurchase it for £1340. He authored various works on topography, economic geography and law.
An inventory of 1675 lists a library of 447 books; his surviving commonplace books reveal extensive evidence of his reading and use of books.
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