Andrew Barker ca.1630-1700

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Andrew BARKER ca.1630-1700

Biographical Note

Son of John Barker, a Bristol merchant. Matriculated at Clare College, Cambridge 1642, but did not graduate; admitted at Lincoln's Inn 1646. He purchased an estate at Fairford, Gloucestershire where he built a fine house in the early 1660s.


Barker used an engraved armorial bookplate, noted by Brian North Lee as one of the earliest examples of the Early Armorial style (Lee thought it dated from the early 1680s). In his will, Barker left most of his goods and chattels to his wife Elizabeth, "my books and library only excepted"; these were left to his son Samuel Barker (ca.1659-1708, MP for Cricklade 1708-08), excepting only "such and so many of them as my said wife shall choose". The extent of his library is not known.