William Ducie 1615?-1679

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William DUCIE, 1st Viscount Downe 1615?-1679

Biographical Note

Son of Sir Robert Ducie, 1st bart, Lord Mayor of London. He inherited the baonetcy and family estates on the death of his elder brother in 1657, and was created Viscount Downe (in the peerage of Ireland) in 1675 (the peerage becoming extinct on his death). His primary seat was at Tortworth, Gloucestershire.


Ducie's library was auctioned in London in 1680. The sale catalogue contains 1720 lots, divided only by language, not subject: Latin and Greek books (868 lots), English (219), French (360), Italian (215) and Spanish (58).

Characteristic Markings

None of Ducie's books have been identified.


  • Alston, R. C. Inventory of sale catalogues 1676-1800. St Philip, 2010.
  • Catalogus bibliothecae ... Gulielmi Ducie, London, 1680, ESTC r171832.
  • Viscount Downe, Wikipedia.