James Coleman was an heraldic and genealogical bookseller and publisher in London in the second half of the 19th century. As a second hand dealer he sold marriage settlements, wills, rent rolls, peerage claims, private and local Acts of Parliament, appeal cases, pedigrees, deeds, autograph letters, maps and so on as well as new and second hand books on heraldry, topography and biography.
His catalogues give brief details of the items for sale, and the Society has in its library bound copies of these catalogues from 1859-1911.
A card index of nearly 50,000 names was compiled by Brigadier-General Alfred Cavendish (1859-1943) in 1936, giving the volume and catalogue number for the item where that person was mentioned. It was this index that was digitised. For volumes 1-113 additional information was added from the catalogue entry regarding date, year and type of document. Mr L A Muriel typed up the original card index and additional detail.
Although the information given about a document is often sparse, it can in some cases (eg. Devon wills) provide reference to a document that no longer exists.
As the documents were sold on the open market, no information is available on their current whereabouts, if they have survived.
It is hoped to add images of the catalogue entries in due course.
Abbreviations of document types found in Colemanís catalogue index
Ab Abstract of title
B Parliamentary bill
CR Court Roll
GL Grant of land
LP Letters Patent
M Marriage contract/settlement
Msc Miscellaneous document
P Power of attorney
PC Peerage claim
PR Pipe Roll
Rg Royal grant
L A Muriel
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