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The Annotated Ducatus Leodiensis (c.1745)

Ralph Thoreby’s Ducatus Leodiensis was the first written history of Leeds. The Central Library holds a number of copies.

One is by-far the most important: Thomas Wilson’s own copy, with detailed annotations in his hand. Many of these marginal notes correct, update or amend the material provided by Thoresby some thirty-years earlier.

This edition of the Ducatus remains a unique and vital source of information on 18th-century Leeds. Further information is available elsewhere on the Secret Library.

Please contact the Local and Family History department on 0113 37 86982 or via localandfamilyhistory@leeds.gov.uk to arrange a viewing of this book. Two forms of ID will be required.