Gold-stamped arms of Sir Walter Chetwynd (1633-1693)

The gold-stamped arms of Sir Walter Chetwynd, historian of Staffordshire and antiquary, from a copy of Aristotle's Rhetoric (London, 1619). As MP for Stafford, Chetwynd supported Titus Oates during the Popish Plot, searching Lord Stafford's house at one point. Subsequently he became deputy lieutenant for Staffordshire on two occasions, and also started his researches into local history, which he pursued until the year before his death by smallpox.

Gift of Thomas Gisborne.