Henry Savile 1568-1617

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Henry SAVILE 1568-1617

Biographical Note

Of Banke, near Halifax, the second son of Henry Savile (d.1607). Matriculated Merton College, Oxford, 1588, BA St Alban Hall 1592, MA 1595. Licensed to practice medicine 1601.


Acquired a significant collection of medieval manuscripts, many of which he inherited from his father and grandfather but others he obtained from the collection of John Nettleton. Savile's collection is particularly strong in theology and texts of the chroniclers. Many of his manuscripts were subsequently bought by Sir Robert Cotton and other contemporary antiquaries, including Sir Simonds d'Ewes, the Earl of Arundel, and Archbishop James Ussher.