A miscellaneous collection of notes, essays, translations, etc. by John Ramsey, written in about A.D. 1596-1633 by J. Ramsey
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:
- (fol. 22) 'Prosopopæia or Mother Hubberds tale made by Ed. Spencer ... '
- (fol. 36) 'The Teares of the Muses', also by Spenser, cf. fol. 44
- (fols. 66a, 67) songs, etc
- (fol. 66av) 'The practise of Dauncinge'
- (fols. 72, 103, III, cf. 89, 94), 'The genealogye of the famelye of the Ramseyes', from the 11th cent., 1603
- (fol. 115v) notes of tradesmen and their addresses in London
- (fol. 118) a catalogue of his library
- (fol. 125) a system of shorthand, 1598
- (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')
- (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
Language of Materials
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.
7 7/8 × 5 3/4 in.