Sources for names

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Some useful online resources for names, dates, career details, etc, for persons in the provenance lists for Canterbury Cathedral Library and similar data. Also identification of armorial bookplates, binding stamps, etc.

Canterbury and Kent

Hasted, The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent, 1797-1801
second edirion
Hasted's lists of Canons of Canterbury
'Canterbury cathedral: Canons', The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 12 (1801), pp. 55-108.
Canterbury Cathedral Archives
Kent Archives Service


Fast Ecclesiae Anglicanae
Diocese of Canterbury, Rochester and Winchester, 1541–1857.
Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae
Index of English cathedral clergy from 1006-1857
The Clergy of the Church of England Database
CCEd (1540-1835)

Universities and lawyers

ACAD — A Cambridge Alumni Database
A database of all alumni of the University of Cambridge, 1200–1900
Alumni Oxonienses
Alumni oxonienses : the members of the University of Oxford, 1500-1714: their parentage, birthplace, and year of birth, with a record of their degrees / University of Oxford ; Foster, Joseph, 1844-1905. — Oxford and London, Parker and Co., 1891.
Alumni oxonienses: the members of the University of Oxford, 1715-1886; their parentage, birthplace and year of birth, with a record of their degree... / University of Oxford ; Foster, Joseph, 1844-1905. — Oxford, Parker, 1888.
Inns of Court
Men-at-the-bar : a biographical hand-list of the members of the various Inns of Court, including Her Majesty's judges, etc. (1885)


Access to Archives
The A2A database contains catalogues describing archives held locally in England and Wales and dating from the eighth century to the present day.
CERL Thesaurus
The CERL Thesaurus file contains forms of imprint places, imprint names, personal names, corporate names and provenance names as found in material printed before the middle of the nineteenth century, including variant spellings, forms in Latin and other languages, and fictitious names.
Search the CERL Thesaurus
Library of Congress Authorities
Authority headings for Subject, Name, Title and Name/Title combinations
Contemporaries of Erasmus
A Biographical Register of the Renaissance and Reformation (GoogleBooks)
The British Book Trade Index
An index of the names and brief biographical details and trade details of people who worked in the book trade in England and Wales and who were trading by 1851
Bodleian Incunable Catalogue
Index of Provenances, Owners, Donors, and other names.
Bibliothèque nationale de France
BNF Autorités
Seymour de Ricci
Bibliotheca Britannica Manuscripta Digitized Archive

Book plates and binding stamps

Franks Bequest -- bookplates
British Armorial Binding Stamps

Place names

Pierre Deschamps ("un Bibliophile"), Dictionnaire de géographie ancienne et moderne, originally published as a supplement for Brunet.

(l'abbé) Chevin, Dictionnaire Latin-Français des noms de lieux ayant une certaine notorieté principalement au point de vue ecclésiastique et monastique, Paris 1897