Sold for £7500 by Halls (20% buyer’s premium) on August 29 was a vellum pedigree, dated 1591, that displayed “…the Pedegree and Atchyvement of the Right Worshipfull Francys Vychan of the Countye of Yorckshyre”.
However, Vychan or Vaughan’s ancestral record begins not in Yorkshire but with Kradog, Earle of Herefourde, Lord of Radnor and ‘Knight of ye Round Table in King Arthur’s time’.
The 6ft 6in (2m) long roll (above), now showing some dampstaining, was the work of a Thomas Jones of Fountaine Gate in the County of Cardigan.
Sold at £3500 was a job lot that included a 1647 pedigree of the Beresford, or Barford family, whose ancestral homeland was in what was once part of Warwickshire but is now in Leicestershire. The roll is illuminated with 103 vibrantly coloured coats of arms.
Of very specific local interest in this sale was a copy of Robert Baugh’s 1808 Map of Shropshire that made £1650.
The nine double-page map sheets, all fully coloured, that make up this folio work, were published in Llanymynech (or ‘Church of the Monks’), a village that today sits on the Wales/Shropshire border.