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Papers of the Dering family

Identifier: D44756

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the call numbers X.d.531 (1-21).


  • approximately 1450-1680



Collection is open for research.


21.0 items

Language of Materials



Papers principally of Sir Edward Dering, 1st bart., and of his son, Sir Edward Dering, 2nd bart. Contains: Family and business papers, 1606-1638, including a copy of a letter from the archbishop of Canterbury to Sir Daniel Donne about certain seats in Pluckley church, September 11, 1606, and a copy of a letter from the Privy Council concerning the laxness of the Commissioners for the loans in collecting the loans, June 3, 1627 (1-7); Genealogical papers and notes from the public records, ca. 1450-ca. 1640, including a leaf from Sir Edward Dering's history of his family (8-16); Papers of Sir Edward Dering, 2nd bart., ca. 1676-ca. 1680, including notes from an early manuscript version of Sir William Petty's Political Arithmetick; proposals for reducing smuggling and notes of a speech, probably dating from the time when Sir Edward was a commissioner of the Customs, 1676-1679, and minutes of a meeting of the Grand Committee of the House of Commons (at which he presided), considering the king's supply and the need for 90 ships of war February 6, 1677/8? (17-21).


Arranged into three series: Series 1: Family and business papers, 1606-1638; Series 2: Genealogical papers and notes from the public records, ca. 1450-ca. 1640; and Series 3: Papers of Sir Edward Dering, 2nd bart., ca. 1676-ca. 1680. Arranged hierarchically within each series.

Acquisition Information

The Dering family papers were acquired by the Folger Shakespeare Library from Sotheby's, July 20-21, 1981 (lot 4).

Other Formats

Also available on microfilm, Film Fo. 3118 (reduction ratio 12:1, 8 feet).

Related Materials

A book of diverse necessary remembrances compiled by Richard Dering, Anthony Dering, and Sir Edward Dering, ca. 1580-1644. Folger MS V.b.296.

Catalog of Sir Edward Dering's books, compiled ca. 1640-ca. 1642. Folger MS V.b.297.

Commonplace book of Sir Edward Dering, begun ca. 1605. Folger MS X.d.530.

History of the Dering family from the time of the Conquest, ca. 1635. Folger MS Z.e.27.

Notebook of Sir Edward Dering, 1639-1640. Folger MS X.d.488.

Notes for a history of the Dering family, compiled ca. 1631. Folger MS V.b.307.

Scenario of a play set in Thrace and Macedon, ca. 1630 /[by Sir Edward Dering]. Folger MS X.d.206.

Processing Information

Processed by Folger Shakespeare Library staff.

Guide to the Papers of the Dering Family, ca. 1450-ca. 1680 Folger MS X.d.531 (1-21)
Finding aid prepared by Folger staff, ca. 1981; revised by Alison E. Bridger in 2010.
ca. 1981
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Finding aid is written in English.
Project partially funded by the Gladys Kreble Delmas Foundation, in collaboration with the Research Libraries Group.
Edition statement
Initial tagging provided by Apex Data Services, February 2000.

Revision Statements

  • 2010: Revisions made by Folger staff, February 2000. Converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15) by Folger staff, February 2010. Further revisions made by Alison E. Bridger, March 2010.

Repository Details

Part of the Folger Shakespeare Library Repository

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