Henry Hare 1636-1708

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Henry HARE, 2nd Baron Coleraine 1636-1708

Armorial stamp of Henry Hare (British Armorial Bindings)
The bookplate of Henry Hare (British Museum Franks Collection *86)

Biographical Note

Eldest son of Hugh Hare, 1st Baron Coleraine (1605/6-1667). Deputy lieutenant of Wiltshire and gentleman of the privy chamber in 1668. MP for Old Sarum in 1679. An antiquary, he collected medals and authored The history and antiquities of the town and church of Tottenham (1705). He left £100 for the repair of Tottenham church in his will, dated 1702.


Numerous books with Hare's armorial stamp are known. He also used an engraved armorial bookplate (Franks 13740/*86). When his grandson, Henry Hare 1693-1749 3rd Baron Coleraine, died without heirs in 1749, the family books were sold in London, 1754.

Characteristic Markings

Hare's armorial stamp is usually applied on a red goatskin onlay, which enables the use of the correct heraldic tinctures.