Richard Rawlinson, nonjuring Bishop of the Church of England, is best known as a topographer and scholar of Anglo-Saxon. His immense collections of manuscripts and printed books include ecclesiatical, heraldic, classical, historical, legal and administrative documents, including the Admiralty Papers of Samuel Pepys, a fellow ballad-collector; a unique collection of broadside proclamations from the reign of Elizabeth; and many seventeenth-century almanacs and works of contemporary literature and art. It is possible that his seventeenth-century ballads came to him from the collection of Thomas Hearne (c.1678-1735), Bodleian deputy librarian, whose great enthusiasm for ballads is well-attested.
Bibliography: Richard Rawlinson, a tercentenary memorial, by G. R. Tashjian, D. R. Tashjian, B. J. Enright. Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, 1990. Stanley Gilllam, ‘Thomas Hearne’s library’, BLR, XII,1(October 1985) 52-64.
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