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Swan marks of Lincolnshire
Four swan marks issued by the Crown to landowners in the county of Lincolnshire, England, to Isaak Etwood, Mr Chamley, Edward Ashe and Luke Turnarde [?]. The marks illustrated here were incised in the beaks of the birds by a swan-herd. The names of those with grants of swans are noted in the margin by each painted mark. Detail of page 28 from Royal Society manuscript MS/106, a register of swan marks, kept by the Queen's swan-herd, possibly a member of the Towneley family. The name 'John Towneley' is written on the flyleaf, suggesting that the manuscript may have been donated to the Royal Society by the book collector John Towneley FRS (1731-1813). Internal evidence provided by the name of John Whitgift (c.1530-1577), Dean of Lincoln (1571-1577) and later Archbishop of Canterbury provides information to date the book as being from the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
Original: ink and watercolour on vellum. 1570s
- Image reference: RS-10166
- The Royal Society
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