John Messenger 1679-1749

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John MESSENGER 1679-1749

Biographical Note

Son of William Messenger and Elizabeth (Yeoman), he inherited the estate of Fountains, Yorkshire, which contained the ruins of the despoiled Cicstercian monastery Fountains Abbey. Married Margaret Scrope.


He used an engraved armorial plate: ‘of Fountains in the County of York, Esqr., 1698’ (Franks *361).

The Roman Catholic Messenger family owned Fountains from 1627-1767, and during this time (and probably after its sale), possessed some manuscripts from the abbey, but the wider content and disposition of Messenger’s library are not established.


  • Annals of the English Benedictines of Ghent. Now at St. Mary’s Abbey, Oulton in Staffordshire, n.p., [1894].
  • Burton, J., Monasticon Eboracense, York, 1758.
  • Gambier Howe, E. R. J. Franks bequest: catalogue of British and American book plates bequeathed to the ... British Museum, London, 1903-4.
  • Walbran, J.R., Memorials of the Abbey of St. Mary of Fountains, Vol. 2 Part 1, Surtees Society 67 (1876).