Brooke, Margaret -1641)

Margaret Brooke, the widow of Duke Brooke Esq (1563-1606), of Templecombe, in Somerset gave £100 to the Bodleian Library, Oxford, in 1633, to be invested in real estate, that would yield £5 a year to purchase books. Accordingly, land was bought at Wick Rissington in Gloucestershire, which still provides the library with rental income. An engraver in London was paid £1.3s for making this book stamp in 1636.

Seat / Residence(s): Templecombe, Somerset
Stamp(s) Stamp Information
Brooke, Margaret (1641)  (Stamp 1) Title: Brooke, Margaret (Stamp 1)
Motto: Coronasti annum sonitatis tuæ • ps 65
Dimensions (height x width): 96mm x 78mm
Device: A serpent holding its tail between two cornucopias in chief a wreath
Heraldic Charges: cornucopias (2), Heraldic Charges: serpent