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Collection of two Latin and English items, Made up of two MSS. written at the end of the 16th century

MS. Dodsworth 20
Held at the Weston Library

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A. Written about A.D. 1600, by William Camden and others:

  1. Fols. 1, 62. Descents of English families (of whom many are enumerated in the Old Catalogue), written by William Camden and his amanuenses
  2. Fols. 14v, 16v-29, 112v-18 are pedigrees from plea-rolls, etc.
  3. Fols. 37-43 are extracted from a volume of Robert Glover's miscellanies, now MS. Dugdale 39
  4. Fols. 34v-36, 43v-8 are also probably derived from Glover's collections
  5. The chief longer pedigrees are: Arden of Warwickshire (fols. 67, 73v); Charlton of Apley, co. Salop (fol. 32); Danvers of Dauntsey, co. Wilts., and of Colthrope, co. Oxon. (fol. 7v); Englefeld of Warwickshire (fol. 32v); Heveningham of Suffolk, 'scripta 1509' (fol. 15); Jerningham of Suffolk (fol. 16)
  6. Fol. 49. Genealogical collections transcribed by Robert Glover, viz. a narrative pedigree of the Bromley family (fol. 49v)
  7. 'Cronica Roberti Montensis', excerpts from the chronicle of Robert of Torigni (fol. 53, cp. fol. 50)
  8. Extract from the Mohun family chartulary (fol. 55)
  9. A history of the foundation of the Cistercian abbey of Ford in Devon, and of the lords of Okehampton, its founders, copied 'e registro Fordensis coenobii', and printed from this MS. in Dugdale's Monasticon, v. 377-82 (fols. 56v-60)

Interspersed throughout this portion of the volume and at fols. 133-8 are a number of inserted papers in various hands, the chief of which are:

  1. Fols. 12-13, 72, 75, 78-9, etc. genealogical scraps in the hand of Thomas Talbot, amongst them (fol. 83) a pedigree of the Pipards of Latchford
  2. Fols. 38, 40. pedigrees of Sidney and of Vernon of Haddon, the former by Camden
  3. Fols. 76-7. 'Historia de dominis de Goher [i.e. Gower] in South Wallia', extracted by John Stradling from the lost register of Neath abbey
  4. Fols. 80-1. 'De morte Reginaldi de Moun, fundatoris abbathie de Nyweham', a narrative from a Newenham chartulary
  5. Fols. 90-2. draft of Camden's discourse on armorials (published in his Remaines), partly in his autograph and partly corrected by him: beg. 'When I first sett penne to write of armes'

B. Written in 1583 by Robert Glover:

  1. Fols. 125, 147v. Pedigrees of the allied families of Lumley, Thwenge, Daudre, Morwick, Brus, Oketon, and Thornton, with evidences, derived from Brit. Mus. Harl. MS. 1985, fols. 269-93
  2. Also pedigrees of the barons of Kendal (fol. 136) and of the families of Knightley (fol. 137) and Greswold (dated April 19, 1580; fol. 147v)
  3. Some rough genealogical tables (fols. 150, 169v), the whole by Robert Glover, Somerset herald: defective through the loss of the first four leaves which are in the British Museum (Harl. MS. 1985, fols. 92-5)
  4. Fol. 138v. An account, in English, of the nobility of Scotland; c. 1577, with some sketches of seals: calendared from a copy in the Record Office in Cal. Scottish Papers, v. 255-64
  5. Fol. 152. 'The armes of sundry gentlemen in North Wales', a roll of 201 coats of arms of founders of Welsh families; c. 1570: beg. 'Peke. Of hym do descend Richard Peke of Conway Towne'. The coats occur in varying order in the different MSS. of this armorial, of which the principal are Harleian MS. 1143 and Peniarth MS. 395


  • Creation: Made up of two MSS. written at the end of the 16th century


172 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Dodsworth 20

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, no. 4162

Custodial History

(A was 'Julius B 10' in sir Robert Cotton's library)

Physical Facet

On paper


12 3/8 × 8 1/4 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom