Sub-fonds - Heveningham, Browne and Doughty papers

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Heveningham, Browne and Doughty papers

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  • 13th century-19th century (Creation)

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254 pieces

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(13th century-19th century)

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This is the most historically important part of the Aylsham collection, but it poses the most problems in cataloguing. Sir Arthur Heveningham (c 1546-1630) was a cousin and contemporary of the Brownes of Poringland, but their careers do not appear to have been connected. Robert Doughty of Hanworth (1617-1670) was the grandson of John Browne (d 1614) of Poringland; he spent years researching his own ancestry, culminating in a pedigree tracing his descent from Adam. Heveningham (who traced his ancestry back to one of the Roman soldiers present at the Crucifixion) outlived the Brownes, so the most likely explanation for the presence of his papers in this collection is that they were given to Doughty, probably in the 1650s, to help him in his genealogical research. There are many bundles containing papers of all three families, and there are many items which cannot be reliably assigned to any section. Because of this overlap, researchers are advised to look through all three sections.

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