Thomas Madox 1666-1727

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Thomas MADOX 1666-1727

Biographical Note

A historian and antiquary whose origins are obscure; he was admitted at the Middle Temple but not called to the bar, and served for some time as a clerk in the augmentations office. He became a skilled editor of medieval sources and published Formulare Anglicanum, a large collection of medieval charters, in 1702. He went on to publish his History and antiquities of the Exchequer in 1711, Firma burgi in 1723, and Baronia Anglica, issued posthumously in 1736. He became a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1708 and was appointed historiographer royal in 1714.


In his will, Madox bequeathed all his goods and estate to his wife Catherine. His library was auctioned in London in 1728 and some of his manuscripts are now in the British Library.