Thomas Stapleton (antiquary)

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Thomas Stapleton (1805–1849) was an English landowner and antiquary.



He was the second son of Thomas Stapleton of Carlton Hall, Yorkshire, by his first wife, Maria Juliana, daughter of Sir Robert Gerard, bart. On the death of his father in 1839 he succeeded to landed property near Richmond, Yorkshire. [1]

Yorkshire Historic county of Northern England

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Stapleton was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London on 15 January 1839, and, as a close friend of John Gage Rokewode, its director, became involved with the Society. He was appointed one of its vice-presidents in 1846. [1]

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John Gage Rokewode was a historian and antiquarian.

Stapleton died at Cromwell Cottage, Old Brompton, on 4 December 1849. [1]


Stapleton's major work was the prefatory exposition of the rolls of the Norman exchequer, printed at the expense of the Society of Antiquaries as Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniæ sub Regibus Angliæ,’ 2 vols. 1841–4. He also contributed to Archæologia . At the meeting of the Archæological Institute at York in 1846 he read a long memoir of 230 pages. [2] [1]

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Stapleton was also one of the founders of the Camden Society, and edited one of its first publications, The Plumpton Correspondence (1839), a collection of 15th-century letters. He also edited for the society the chronicle of London, extending from 1178 to 1274, De Antiquis Legibus Liber (1846). His last work for the Camden Society was the edition of the Chronicon Petroburgense (1849). His Historical Memoirs of the House of Vernon (pp. 115), an incomplete work, was privately printed in London about 1855. [1]

The Camden Society was a text publication society founded in London in 1838 to publish early historical and literary materials, both unpublished manuscripts and new editions of rare printed books. It was named after the 16th-century antiquary and historian William Camden. In 1897 it merged with the Royal Historical Society, which continues to publish texts in what are now known as the Camden Series.

<i>Chronicon Petroburgense</i>

The Chronicon Petroburgense, or Peterborough Chronicle, is a 13th-century chronicle written in Medieval Latin at Peterborough Abbey, England, covering events from 1122 to 1294. It was probably written by William of Woodford, a sacrist and later abbot of Peterborough (1296–1299). It survives as part of a Peterborough cartulary known as the "Liber Niger", or "Black Book", where it appears on folios 75–80 and 85–136. The chronicle was edited by Thomas Stapleton and published by the Camden Society in 1849, with an appendix containing a transcription of the first 20 folios of the Liber Niger. In his introduction to Stapleton's edition, John Bruce wrote that the Chronicon contained "valuable contributions to legal and constitutional history [that were] universally recognised".


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 Cooper 1898, p. 104.
  2. Historical Details of the Ancient Religious Community of Secular Canons in York prior to the Conquest of England, having the name of the Church of the Holy Trinity, otherwise Christ Church, showing its subsequent conversion into a Priory of Benedictine Monks … with Biographical Notices of the Founder, Ralph Paynell, and of his Descendants.

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