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'Abstracta quaedam siue spicelegea annotata ex recordis nuncupatis Communia...' and Transcripts of deeds, by Roger Dodsworth, Written about 1640 by R. Dodsworth, etc., written in 1648-1652, by R. Dodsworth, etc.

MSS. Dodsworth 29, 30
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MS. Dodsworth 29, 1640, 144 leaves: 'Abstracta quaedam siue spicelegea annotata ex recordis nuncupatis Communia Memorandorum domini regis ex parte siue penes Rememoratorem domini thesaurarii ibidem tempore Henrici 3, pro Simonde D'Ewes equite aurato et baronetto selecta ex ipsis autographis, anno 1633.' These are extracts from the Memoranda rolls (Exch. L.T.R.), transcribed by Roger Dodsworth and his secretaries from a MS. written in 1632-6 by sir Simonds D'Ewes (see his Autobiography, 1845, vol. ii, pp. 73, 77, 143) preceded at fol. iv by an index nomimum.

The rolls abstracted are those for the following regnal years: 2, 4-6, 8-11, 14, 19-23, 25, 27-44, 46-56 (including duplicate rolls for the years 11, 19, 30, 33, and 35): of these the rolls for years 19-21, 23, and 34 are now wanting from the series.

Transcripts of deeds, by Roger Dodsworth:

MS. Dodsworth 30, 1648-1652, 134 leaves: 1. Fols. i, 128:

  1. Transcripts of about 260 deeds 'ex chartis originalibus penes dominum Symonds D'Ewes, 9 Maii, 1648', with sketches of seals, The originals are, with some exceptions, now in the British Museum among the Harleian charters. They relate, for the greater part, to Lincolnshire monastic houses, viz. Bullington priory (fols. 9-16, 77v-83, etc.), Elsham priory (fols. 3v-7, etc.), Greenfeld priory, Kirkstead abbey, Newhouse abbey (fols. 56-60, 84-9, etc.);(A note in MS. Dodsworth 55, fol. x, refers to those same monasteries as in the erle of lyndesey evidence') are of the 12th-13th centt., and include grants from the Lincolnshire familes of Amundeville, Crevequer, Kyme, Neville of Hale, Neville of Redbourne, Tattershall, Welles
  2. The collection also includes transcripts of a few late 12th-cent. deeds concerning Theddlethorpe in Lincolnshire (fol. 8), of some 13th-cent. deeds of the Clifford family, and abstracts of deeds, not in the Harleian collection, of the Hoo manor of Luton in Bedfordshire, 1287-1473 (fols. 43v-5)
  3. Some of the foregoing deeds have been printed, from this MS., in Dugdale's Monasticon; others, from the originals, in Stenton's Documents illustrative of the Social and Economic History of the Danelaw; about seventy are particularized in the Old Catalogue
  4. References to places of publication, as well as the press-marks of the deeds now in the British Museum, have been entered in pencil in the margin of the MS.; unpublished deeds of the 12th-13th centuries of which the originals are untraced have been included in a MS. slip calendar in the Library; and an index of monasteries has been inserted on fol. 140v
  5. For other extracts from sir S. D'Ewes charters see MS. Dodsworth 38: a modern table of reference to the Harleian charters included in this MSS. and MS. Dodsworth 38 is given on fol. 139
  6. Some Yorkshire deeds (1225-1394) are entered from another source and in another hand at fols. 33-5, a pedigree of the Sheldon family at fol. 95 and a sketch of the arms of Brudenell at fol. 95v

2. Fols. 108v, 110v, 125. Extracts from the chartulary of Castle Acre priory, now in the British Museum (Harl. MS. 2110). For further extracts from this chartulary see MSS. Dodsworth 67, fol. 208; 97, fol. 72; 102, fol. 122; 110, fols. 29-42; 130, fols. 155-7; and, for an abstract of its contents, Dugdale's Monasticon, v. 46-8.

3. Fol. 109. Transcripts of five 12th-cent. deeds of the Foliot family 'in cartulario prioratus sancti Johannis de Pontefracto'.

4. Fol. 113. Abstracts of miscellaneous 13th-15th-cent. deeds 'in quodam MS. manu recentiori scripto penes Jo. Langley ar., 1649': not in Dodsworth's hand. These appear to be in part derived from deeds in the Augmentation office and in the Cottonian collection. The more important are noted in Hunter's Three Catalogues and in the Old Catalogue. At fol. 117 is a series of 14th-15th-cent. deeds of the Hollands of Weare in Devon.

5. Fol. 131. Transcripts of deeds 'in registro cartarum abbatiae de Kirkstede penes Christoferum, Baronem Hatton de Kirkbye, 1652', now Cott. MS. Vesp. E. xviii. Other extracts from this chartulary are in nos. 4197, fol. 124; 5046, fols. 23-8.

6.Fol. 136v. Nine miscellaneous deeds 'in officio [collegii] armorum'. A transcript of this volume is in the British Museum Harl. MS. Auct. D. 2. 17, fols. 105-62.


  • Creation: Written about 1640 by R. Dodsworth, etc., written in 1648-1652, by R. Dodsworth, etc.


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Language of Materials

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MSS. Dodsworth 29, 30

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. 4171-4172

Custodial History

MS. Dodsworth 29: ('Z' in circle, then 'B' in triangle)

MS. Dodsworth 30: ('B' in square)

Physical Facet

On paper


12 5/8 × 8 1/8 in.

Repository Details

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