John Laughton d.1712
John LAUGHTON d.1712
Son of John Laughton of Eastfield, Yorkshire. BA Trinity College, Cambridge 1669, MA 1672, college chaplain. Cambridge University Librarian, 1686-1712; prebendary of Lichfield 1696.
Laughton “left behind him a good collection not only of books but also of coyns &c”, according to Thomas Hearne. He gave ca.2000 books to Trinity College, Cambridge during his lifetime; most of his library was dispersed at his death. The English part was sold by auction in Sheffield, 9.12.1713; no catalogue survives, but the sale was advertised in the Daily Courant.
The books given to Trinity College generally had a printed book label added, to mark the gift. Laughton's books are not usually inscribed by him; many of the ones in Trinity are in straightforward blind-stamped Cambridge calfskin bindings of the late 17th and early 18th centuries.
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