Historians of Mere – Part I

By MF Tighe

Issue 2, Autumn, 1998 pp.7-9.

Whilst Mere, Wiltshire, is mentioned in the various diaries of early travellers, these entries give us little which is reliable by modem standards. In the years 1659-70 Joan Aubrey, the Stuart antiquarian of Kington St. Michael in the north of the county, conceived the idea of a Topographical history of Wiltshire. Never completed, the text of was deposited in the Bodlian Library. It was finally published, with a commentary by the Rev J.E. Jackson, by the Wiltshire Archaeological & Natural History Society in 1862. In this paper, MF Tighe hopes to provide a guide to the historiography of Mere, as well as pointers to future study.  

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