John Thornicroft ca.1659-1725

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Sir John THORNICROFT or THORNYCROFT, 1st baronet ca.1659-1725

Biographical Note

Born in London, son of John Thornicroft and Dorothy Howel (daughter of Sir John Howel, Recorder of London). Attended school in Brentwood, Essex and matriculated at St John's College, Cambridge in 1674. Left without a degree and admitted to Gray's Inn 1675. Became a barrister in 1686. Created baronet 1701. Sheriff of Oxfordshire 1701.


Thornicroft's will makes no mention of his books, which were sold by retail sale in London from 12 December 1726 alongside those of William Reeves. The sale was advertised in the Daily Post.


  • Will of Sir John Thornicroft or Thornycroft of Milcombe, Oxfordshire, The National Archives PROB 11/607/231.
  • Alston, R. C., Inventory of sale catalogues ... 1676-1800, St Philip, 2010.
  • Librorum ex bibliothecis Joannis ThorniCroft Barti, et Gulielmi Reeves A.M. catalogus: or a catalogue of the libraries of Sir John Thornicroft Bart. and of the Rev. Mr. William Reeves..., [London, 1726] ESTC T65094.
  • Venn, J. and J. A., Alumni Cantabrigienses, Cambridge, 1922.