William Hutchings d.1647

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William HUTCHINGS or HUTCHINS d.1647

Biographical Note

Of Cheshire. BA Brasenose College, Oxford 1606, MA 1606, BD 1619; became a fellow and Vice-Principal of Brasenose. Rector of Gawsworth, Cheshire 1630 (ejected 1643).


In his will, Hutchings bequeathed "my whole study of books" to the college, noting that some were currently in the study of John Haughton. Any money left over after other bequests were made was to go to the college, for chaining and "ordering" his books. He also directed that his commonplace book become the property of the Vice-Principal's office in the college, for the use of his successors, "not to be used out of his chamber". Examples: the commonplace book (MS 23) along with many printed books at Brasenose College Library.

Characteristic Markings

Many of Hutchings' books have a printed book label pasted on the inside of the upper board.


  • Will of William Hutchins, The National Archives PROB 11/205/12.
  • Foster, J. Alumni Oxonienses: The Members of the University of Oxford 1500-1714/1715-1886, 8 vols, Oxford, 1891.
  • Lee, B. N. Early Printed Book Labels. Pinner, 1976.
  • Matthews, A. G., Walker revised, Oxford, 1948.
  • Morgan, P. Oxford libraries outside the Bodleian. 2nd edn, Oxford, 1980.