Sir Martin Browne ffolkes, Bart bookplate

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Armorial bookplate – Sir Martin Browne ffolkes, Bart


The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, nine volumes in five, sixth edition of volumes 1-2, first edition of 3-9, 1761 - 1767

Sir Martin Browne ffolkes was resident at Hillingdon Hall, Norfolk. He was born in 1749, the son of William ffolkes, barrister, and his second wife Mary, who was the only daughter of Sir William Browne MD of Kings Lynn, sometime President of the College of Physicians. In early life Martin Browne ffolkes became an FSA, was created a baronet in 1774, Sheriff of Norfolk from 1782-4, Major in a Brigade of Cavalry in the Norfolk Yeomanry and served as MP for Kings Lynn in eight Parliaments between 1790-1821. In 1777, he married Fanny, 2nd daughter and co-heir of Sir John Turner, Baronet, of Warham and Frances, daughter and co-heir of John Neale. Sir Martin Browne ffolkes died in 1821.


Grand quarterly of 4

Grand quarters 1 & 4

quarterly 1 & 4 Per pale Vert and Gules a fleur de lis ermine ffOLKES

quarterly 2 & 3 Sable a crescent Or HOVELL

Grand quarters 2 & 3

Gules a chevron between three lion's jambs erect and erased on a chief Argent an eagle displayed sable crowned or all within a bordure Argent BROWNE

A baronet's badge in chief


Quarterly of 4

1 & 4 Sable a chevron Ermine between three fer de molines Or on a chief Argent a lion passant gardant Gules TURNER

2 & 3 Per pale Sable and Gules a lion passant gardent Argent NEALE


A dexter arm embowed and vested per pale Vert and Gules cuffed Ermine holding in the hand a spear in bend proper

Object history

The book was purchased in 1986. The bookplate occurs in all five volumes.

Accession number



Height 154mm
Width 102mm


Laurence Sterne




Printed for J. Dodsley