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The Grandison Books
In 1575 Elizabeth St John, daughter of Nicholas and Elizabeth St John of Lydiard Tregoze married Richard St George.  Richard St George joined the College of Arms in 1602.  As a member of the College of Arms, he became part of an organisation that was responsible for granting new coats of arms and for maintaining the family histories, known as genealogies, of landed families.
 
During his time with the College of Arms, Richard St George created a record of the genealogy of his wife’s family, the St Johns.  This record is known as the Grandison Book, as it is thought the book was commissioned by Richard’s brother-in-law Oliver St John, Viscount Grandison.
 
Lydiard House is fortunate to have two copies of this important St John Family record.  One volume is on loan to the Wiltshire & Swindon History
Centre, where it can be accessed by researchers. The other copy is displayed at Lydiard House.  Both copies have been digitised and we are pleased to make these available to researchers.
 
The books are not exact copies of one another.  It is understood that the manuscript volume was created first, and that the presentation volume was made some time later.
 
If you are interested in using any of the images from the Grandison Books in publications or other media, please contact Lydiard House by e-mail (lydiardpark@swindon.gov.uk) or by phone (01793 466664).
 
Note:
·         LYD1993.373 is the manuscript volume
·         LYD1993.374 is the presentation volume
 
 
Images:
Top right: Nicholas St John (1523 – 1589) – Father-in-Law to Richard St George, creator of the Grandison Books.
 
Bottom right: Oliver St John, Viscount Grandison (1560 – 1630) – Brother-in-Law to Richard St George, creator of the Grandison Books.

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