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A miscellaneous collection of notes, essays, translations, etc. by John Ramsey, written in about A.D. 1596-1633 by J. Ramsey

MS. Douce 280
Held at the Weston Library

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John Ramsey in an autobiography (fol. 5, cf. 180), states that he was born in 1578, studied at Cambridge for a short time in 1602-3, was admitted of the Middle Temple, March 23, 1605/6, married a daughter of sir Edmond Bell of Beaupré in 1620. Among the pieces are:

  1. (fol. 22) 'Prosopopæia or Mother Hubberds tale made by Ed. Spencer ... '
  2. (fol. 36) 'The Teares of the Muses', also by Spenser, cf. fol. 44
  3. (fols. 66a, 67) songs, etc
  4. (fol. 66av) 'The practise of Dauncinge'
  5. (fols. 72, 103, III, cf. 89, 94), 'The genealogye of the famelye of the Ramseyes', from the 11th cent., 1603
  6. (fol. 115v) notes of tradesmen and their addresses in London
  7. (fol. 118) a catalogue of his library
  8. (fol. 125) a system of shorthand, 1598
  9. (fols. 128, 161v) 'The Fishermans Tale', a poem, in two parts, 1596 (this is apparently a copy of Francis Sabie's poem printed in 1595: the second part is entitled 'Flora's Fortune')
  10. (fol. 145) poems about the destruction of Troy.

The volume, after some excisions, is fols. 187, 190-200, 47-172, 205-6, 208-61, of a larger book.

The name of 'Thomas Russell' (17th cent.) occurs in several vacant places (fols. 76v, 97v, etc.).


  • Creation: written in about A.D. 1596-1633 by J. Ramsey


184 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Douce 280

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. IV, no 21854

Our best descriptions for medieval items in this collection are in Medieval Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries under MSS. Douce.

Physical Facet

On paper


7 7/8 × 5 3/4 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom