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Nicholas SAUNDERSON or SANDERSON, 2nd Viscount Castleton 1593-1640

Armorial stamp of Nicholas Sanderson (British Armorial Bindings)

Biographical Note

Son of Nicholas Saunderson, Lincolnshire MP and landowner, who was created Viscount Castleton (in the peerage of Ireland) in 1627. Matriculated Queen’s College, Oxford 1610, but did not graduate; admitted at Lincoln’s Inn 1613. Inherited the viscountcy when his father died in 1631.


Saunderson’s interest in books is known only from the survival of a couple of books with his armorial stamp. The extent of his collection is not known. Examples: Cambridge UL Syn.6.63.32.

Characteristic Markings

The Cambridge University Library book has the armorial in gilt on the covers of an otherwise plain calf binding of the period, with a partially eradicated inscription “Castleton pret[?] 6s 1637/[???]”