The Touch-Stone Of Common Assurances

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by William Sheppard

In his native county and neighbouring areas Sheppard practised as a conveyancer and served as steward on several manors, presiding over their courts. He was an attorney of Gloucester's local court, and attended the great sessions of Wales, the Oxford and western circuit assizes, and quarter sessions; the legal texts he published are filled with citations to cases heard in those courts. His undoubted expertise in conveyancing is apparent in The Touchstone of Common Assurances (1648, not 1641 as often given; English edns to 1826, Irish edn 1785, United States edns to 1840–41), a collection of twenty-three essays. [1]

Bibliographic Information

Author: William Sheppard, (bap. 1595, d. 1674)

Title: The Touch-Stone Of Common Assurances, Or, A Plain And Familiar Treatise, Opening The Learning Of The Common Assurances Or Conveyances Of The Kingdome

Published: London: Printed by M.F. for W. Lee, M. Walbancke, D. Pakeman, and G. Bedell, 1648.


Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy


  1. Nancy L. Matthews, ‘Sheppard, William (bap. 1595, d. 1674)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 accessed 7 June 2013