William Massey 1691-1768

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William MASSEY 1691-1768

Massey's bookplate (British Museum Franks Collection 19933)

Biographical Note

Massey came from a Quaker family and is known to have learnt Latin and other languages in private schools in Nottingham and Norwich. In 1712 he became Latin usher at a school in Wandsworth run by William Scoryer; he later ran his own school in Wandsworth. He published numerous works designed to pursue devotional and educational purposes.


Massey used an engraved armorial bookplate (Franks 19933); the extent of his library is not known. In his will, he bequeathed all his books and manuscripts (together with his wearing apparel) to his son Gilbert. His manuscript commonplace book was sold at Bonham's in 2011 (see reference below).