Prest, William (1744 -1818)

William Prest was baptized 8 April 1744 at Bedale in North Yorkshire, the son of William Prest and May Anne Elliott. In 1791 he is listed as a maltster and currier in Bedale. On 24 May 1769 he married Elizabeth Robson, at Hornby, near York. He died in 1818, his will being proven on 24 April 1818.

His books were sold at two auctions: the first, A catalogue of the very splendid library of William Prest … was sold by Sotheby, 1 June & 5 following days, London, 1819. The second was Catalogue of the splendid and valuable library of an eminent collector [i.e. W. Prest] ... : which will be sold by Mr. Evans ... on ... May 14, and two following days. London, 1827.
According to Clements the library of William Prest “of Lewisham and St James's Place, London” was sold in London by Sotheby’s 1-2 July 1819 (sic)

Seat / Residence(s): Bedale
Library Auction Details: Sotheby's, Evans (1-6 June 1819), (14-16 May 1827)
Stamp(s) Stamp Information
Prest, William (Stamp 1) Motto: Toujours prest
Crest: A horse's head couped bridled holding an ear of wheat
Arms: Quarterly 1 & 4. Vert three ears of wheat erect on a chief or three mullets of six points gules (Prest) 2 & 3. Gules a pale engrailed between four lions rampant on a chief sable three horseshoes (Ellesworth)
Quarterings: 1 & 4. Vert three ears of wheat erect on a chief or three mullets of six points gules (Prest) 2 & 3. Gules a pale engrailed between four lions rampant on a chief sable three horseshoes (Ellesworth)
Heraldic Charges: chief, on a, Heraldic Charges: horse's head, Heraldic Charges: horseshoes (3), Heraldic Charges: lions rampant (4), Heraldic Charges: mullets (3), Heraldic Charges: pale engrailed between, Heraldic Charges: wheat, ear of, Heraldic Charges: wheat, ears of (3)
Prest, William (Stamp 2) Motto: Toujours prest
Crest: A horse's head couped bridled holding an ear of wheat
Arms: Quarterly 1 & 4. Vert three ears of wheat erect on a chief or three mullets of six points gules (Prest) 2 & 3. Gules a pale engrailed between four lions rampant on a chief sable three horseshoes (Ellesworth)
Quarterings: 2 & 4. Vert three ears of wheat erect on a chief or three mullets of six points gules (Prest) 2 & 3. Gules a pale engrailed between four lions rampant on a chief sable three horseshoes (Ellesworth)
Heraldic Charges: chief, on a, Heraldic Charges: horse's head, Heraldic Charges: horseshoes (3), Heraldic Charges: lions rampant (4), Heraldic Charges: mullets (3), Heraldic Charges: pale engrailed between, Heraldic Charges: wheat, ear of, Heraldic Charges: wheat, ears of (3)
Prest, William (Stamp 3) Crest: A horse's head couped bridled holding an ear of wheat
Heraldic Charges: horse's head, Heraldic Charges: wheat, ear of
Prest, William (Stamp 4) Crest: A horse's head couped bridled holding an ear of wheat
Heraldic Charges: horse's head, Heraldic Charges: wheat, ear of
Prest, William (Stamp 5) Crest: A horse's head couped bridled holding an ear of wheat
Heraldic Charges: horse's head, Heraldic Charges: wheat, ear of
Prest, William (Stamp 6) Crest: A horse's head couped bridled holding an ear of wheat
Heraldic Charges: horse's head, Heraldic Charges: wheat, ear of
Prest, William (Stamp 7) Crest: A horse's head couped bridled holding an ear of wheat
Heraldic Charges: horse's head, Heraldic Charges: wheat, ear of
Prest, William (Stamp 8) Crest: A horse's head couped bridled holding an ear of wheat
Heraldic Charges: horse's head, Heraldic Charges: wheat, ear of
Crest: A horse's head couped bridled holding an ear of wheat
Heraldic Charges: horse's head, Heraldic Charges: wheat, ear of
Crest: A horse's head couped bridled holding an ear of wheat
Heraldic Charges: horse's head, Heraldic Charges: wheat, ear of
Crest: A horse's head couped bridled holding an ear of wheat
Heraldic Charges: horse's head, Heraldic Charges: wheat, ear of