John Sayer d.1712

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John SAYER d.1712

John Sayer's bookplate (British Museum, Franks Collection)

Biographical Note

Son of Henry Sayer of London, skinner. Henry acquired estates in Hounslow, Middlesex and Biddlesden, Buckinghamshire which John inherited in 1686. He was murdered by his wife's lover in 1712.


Sayer used an engraved armorial bookplate dated 1700 (Franks 26192/*525); the extent and disposition of his library are not known.


  • Gambier Howe, E. R. J. Franks bequest: catalogue of British and American book plates bequeathed to the ... British Museum. London, 1903.
  • Lee, B. N. British bookplates: a pictorial history. Newton Abbot, 1979, 26.
  • The Sayers of Barnard Castle.