2 June 2004
GENEALOGICAL ROLL OF THE ANTHONYS OF ADDLESTONE, in Latin, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM
[London, by 1646]2974 x 380 mm. Five membranes and part of the sixth, lacking end, seventeen generations of the Anthony family, marriages signalled by clasped hands, with TWENTY-SEVEN COATS OF ARMS in gold, silver and colour, attested by Alonso de Cardenas, the Spanish ambassador (right edge worn and irregular, lacking de Cardenas' seal).
The roll was made for Richard Anthony of Attlestone, modern Addlestone in Surrey, by William Ryley (d.1677), as attested at the start of the roll by the Spanish ambassador to London, Alonso de Cadenas, on 30 June 1646. By that date, Ryley had progressed from Bluemantle Poursuivant (1633) to Lancaster Herald (1641). In 1644 he was appointed Keeper of the Records and in October 1646 was made Norroy King of Arms, an advancement reversed at the Restoration. Although not of very elevated stock, Richard Anthony acquired a handsome and expensive assertion of his gentility by a leading herald and antiquarian. The inscribed and, originally, sealed attestation of the Spanish ambassador in London suggests that Anthony was perhaps a Catholic who was about to seek preferment in Spain.
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