William Camden

William Camden (1551 - 1623)

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William Camden
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William Camden (b. 02 May 1551 Old Bailey, London - d. 09 Nov 1623), historian and antiquarian.



William was the son of Sampson Camden of Lichfield and Elizabeth, daughter of Giles Curwen of Poulten Hall, Lancashire and Agnes Brabron. He was probably orphaned but received an early education at Christ's Hospital and St. Paul's school.[1][2]


William is remembered for his work as an antiquarian and historian. Britannia (Survey of the British Isles),[3][4] and Greek Grammar are two of his works.

  • 1592: Head master of Westminster School
  • 1597: Clarenceux King of Arms (College of Arms, London)


William retired to Chiselhurst where he died unmarried at the age of 73. He was buried in the Poet's Corner on 19 November 1623 in the south aisle of Westminster Abbey.


  • Harwood, T. (1844). A survey of Staffordshire, containing the antiquities of that county by Sampson Erdeswick, pp. xxxv. London: J.B. Nichols. Google Books.
  • Lists and Indexes, 29, pp. 70. GB: Public Record Office.[5]
  • Camden, W. (1722). Britannia, 2nd ed, II. London: Mary Matthews. Archive.org.[6]
  • Johnson, L. (2017). So Great a Prince: The Accession of Henry VIII: 1509. Pegasus Books. Google Books.[7]
  • MacLeane, D. (1897). A History of Pembroke College, Oxford, Anciently Broadgates Hall, 33, pp. 120. Clarendon Press. Google Books.[8]
  • Thompson, E.N. (1886). "Camden, William (DNB00)." WikiSource.org. Web.[9]
  • Transactions of the Leicestershire Architectural, 5, pp. 320. Leicester: Samuel Clarke. Google Books.[10]
  • "William Camden." Westminster Abbey. Web.[11]

See Also...

  • Levy, F. (1964). The making of Camden's Britannia. Bibliothèque D'Humanisme Et Renaissance, 26(1), 70-97. JSTOR.

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On 27 Mar 2018 at 00:56 GMT Bree Ogle wrote:

Camden attended Richard Saltonstall's funeral in 1600/1. The third son of the deceased was Sir Peter Saltonstall, whose second wife was Christian Pettus. ... She belongs to the Pettus family from Rackheath and is the NIECE of Cecily Pettus, who married Humphrey Camden of London (d. 1593). ... Humphrey was said to be William's "KIN" (evidence for their exact relation is elusive).

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