Matthew Amyas 1665/6-1729

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Matthew AMYAS or AMES 1665/6-1729

The "Ames of Norfolke" bookplate (British Museum Franks Collection 438)

Biographical Note

Born at Hingham, Norfolk, son of John Amyas, gentleman. BA Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge 1685, MA 1689, MD 1701; practised as a physician in and around Norwich.


An engraved armorial bookplate with the wording "Ames of Norfolke" (Franks 438) is thought to have been commissioned and first used by Amyas in the 1720s, although it was later used also by his son John Amyas 1698-1737, a Norwich surgeon, and by his son John (an attorney) and other 18th century members of the family. The size and contents of the family library is not known.


  • Blatchly, J., Some Suffolk and Norfolk ex-libris, London, 2000, p.34.
  • Gambier Howe, E. R. J. Franks bequest: catalogue of British and American book plates bequeathed to the ... British Museum. London, 1903.
  • Venn, J. and J. A., Alumni Cantabrigienses, Cambridge, 1922.