Surname Index


The Rural Economy of the West of England

including minutes of practice in that department.


William Marshall

2nd Edition, in two volumes, Vol I., London: G & W Nicol (1805). Maps, xvi, 400 pp.

Sections on Devonshire

Prepared by Michael Steer

The book is of a category popularly called a 'Georgical'. Its author, William Marshall (1745-1818) was a leading writer on 18th century English agriculture and an early proponent of the establishment of a state-sponsored body to promote improved farming standards and agricultural colleges. In 1798 he finally completed an ambitious twelve-volume study of England's Rural Economy. He was also employed as a landscape gardener, writing three books on the subject.. When he died in 1818, Marshall was building an agricultural college at his home in Pickering, in Yorkshire. Today this building houses the Beck Isle Museum of Rural Life. This rare and much sought-after book was produced digitally from a copy in the Bodleian Library collection and can be downloaded from Google Books. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. These books, on which copyright has expired, are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers.

Ackland family 380
Athol, Duke of 383
Bedford, Duke of 55, 165
Cleveland, Mr 362
Drake, Sir Francis xi, 201, 250
Fanshawe, Mr Recorder 61
Fortescue, Lord 371
Goldsmith 347
Heathfield, Lord xii, 46, 55, 61, 87, 116, 200
Henry VIII 90
Heywood, Mr 55
Hudson, Mr 201
Lopes, Mr 55
Mount Edgcumbe, Earl of 55
Norcliff, Sir James 348
Stapleton, Mr 210, 220, 228
Tankerville, Earl of 236
Trigg, Mr 373