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Pedigrees of English baronial families, as well as of other land-owning families of the north of England (esp. Yorkshire), compiled by Roger Dodsworth and Pedigrees transcribed by Roger Dodsworth from various sources, n.d., written about 1634 by Roger Dodsworth

MSS. Dodsworth 4-5
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MS. Dodsworth 4, 104 leaves, n.d.: Pedigrees of English baronial families, as well as of other land-owning families of the north of England (esp. Yorkshire), compiled by Roger Dodsworth and substantiated by references to and excerpts from the other volumes of his collection. The pedigrees are not limited to the male line, but give the ancestry and posterity of married heiresses: comparatively few are brought down to a later date than the 15th cent. Each volume is preceded by an alphabetical index of family names. Many of the pedigrees contain minor additions in the hand of Thomas Talbot the younger (cf. MS. Dodsworth 99, fol. 35v).

In addition to the usual alphabetical index, there is a list (fol. viiiv) of the pedigrees contained in fols. 1-63. At fol. 21 c is a note of one charter of king Henry i and two of king Henry ii, from 'sir Dudley North's book'.

MS. Dodsworth 5, 114 leaves, 1634: Pedigrees transcribed by Roger Dodsworth from various sources:

1. Fol. 1. Pedigrees of English earls, from Aug. Vincent's A Discoverie of Errours (Lond., 1622)

2. Fol. 9. Pedigrees of Yorkshire gentry, chiefly from Richard Gascoigne's collections: fol. 21 is bound up after fol. 17

3. Fol. 27. Pedigrees 'taken out of mr [John] Archer's booke of petegrees, which he bought of the executors of [Ralph] Brooke, Yorke Herald' (fol. 12): this, since known as the Norcliffe MS., and published by the Harleian Society, vol. xvi, as The Visitation of Yorkshire ... 1563 and 1564 (Lond., 1881), is a collection of 16th-cent. heraldic visitations of Yorkshire and of non-visitation pedigrees made by William Flower, Norroy king of arms, and supplemented by Robert Glover: Dodsworth invariably cites it as 'Archer'. Fols. 58-81 of the original foliation are wanting

4. Fol. '82'. Pedigrees of Gerard, Radcliffe, Stanley, and other Lancashire families, perhaps from 'mr. [Henry] Lillye's booke of Lancashire', see fol. 83: most of the descents are traced to about A.D. 1600.

5. Fol. '96'. Narrative pedigrees, chiefly in Latin, of Ingleby, Hildyard, and kindred families, with marginal notes of quarterings in English : also narrative pedigrees in English of Neville, earl of Westmoreland and of Percy, earl of Northumberland, these last two dated 1597, which may also be the date of the remainder of the section: interspersed are a few heraldic notes: the leaves of this article, which is not in Dodsworth's hand, have been bound up in disturbed order.

6. Fol. '112'. Miscellaneous pedigrees, for the most part of Yorkshire families, some compiled by Roger Dodsworth, some copied by him from various sources:

  1. Of which the principal are Archer's collection of pedigrees (see art. 3 above), Robert Glover's heraldic visitation of Yorkshire made in 1584 (cf. fols. 36v, 39), and sir Richard St. George's black book
  2. Pedigrees of Dodsworth of Settrington at fol. 125v and Kirkby at fol. 123v are dated 1623 and 1634, respectively
  3. Other pedigrees deserving special mention are those of Lumley (to 1595: not in Dodsworth's hand: fol. 131) and Vere (fol. 132v), this last evidently an unfinished copy of an older pedigree-roll in English
  4. There are also several sketches of arms, a note on Haslingfield chapel near Cambridge (fol. 125), and some English verses (fols. 137v, 144v)

There is an alphabetical 'catalogus genealogiarum' in this MS. at fol. iii.


  • Creation: n.d., written about 1634 by Roger Dodsworth


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Language of Materials

  • Latin
  • English


MSS. Dodsworth 4-5

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. II, nos. 4146, 4147

Custodial History

MS. Dodsworth 5: Manuscript acquired by the Bodleian Library ('ϕϕ')


  • MS. Dodsworth 4: All the main descents are noted (but with numerous errors) in the Old Catalogue of 1697 and its index: a more accurate and systematic list is given in Hunter's Three Catalogues , pp. 83-90. Dodsworth himself refers to this volume as 'Pedegraduum tomus '3'.
  • MS. Dodsworth 5: Most of the pedigrees are enumerated in the Old Catalogue of 1697: a full list of those in artt. 1, 2, 5, and 6 is given in Hunter's Three Catalogues , pp. 91-3: and all are indexed in the printed Index to the Dodsworth MSS. I-VII.

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13 1/4 × 8 1/4 in.

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