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A volume of notes about Oxford collected and written by Brian Twyne, Written in the first half of the 17th century by B. Twyne

MS. Wood D. 32
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A volume of notes about Oxford collected and written by Brian Twyne (d. 1644), comprising two of his own notebooks, A. (pp. '135'- '634') 'Collectiones Briani Twyni... Liber Notarum F': B. (pp.'269'- '370') 'Liber secundus Schediasticorum', inserted between pp. 588 and 589 of the first part of the volume. The chief contents are:


  1. Fol. 4v, p. 136. Writers of Oxford and (fol. 9, p. 145) of Cambridge, in separate alphabetical orders, and (fol. 149v, p. 464) in chronological order: cf. fols. 155v, 160v, 260v, pp. 476, 477, 578
  2. Fols. 14v, 99, 315v, pp. 188, 359, 590. Excerpts from charters and books relating to Oxford
  3. Fol. 34, p. 227. Account of English monasteries (not composed by Twyne), in order of counties
  4. Fol. 118, p. 399. The incipits of English chronicles and historical works written in Latin, arranged alphabetically, with their authors' names
  5. Fol. 146, p. 457. 'Mirabilia Angliæ', thirty-three in number
  6. Fol. 163. English geographical names found in Ptolemy, 'Henry of Huntingdon', etc.
  7. Fol. 185, p. 503. The Latin Statutes of St. Mary's College at Oxford, see no. 15889, art. 2: at fol. 208v, p. 550, is an inventory of the goods there on Oct. 7, 1541
  8. Fol. 194v, p. 522. The Latin Statutes of St. George's College in the Castle at Oxford, see no. 15889, art. 3
  9. Fol. 200v, p. 534. The Statuta Aularia, see MS. Rawl. letter 110, art. 1
  10. Fol. 210, p. 553. The Liber Bedellorum, see no. 15411: but the present transcript is from a MS. then in the possession of Thomas Allen, collated with one owned by dr. Richard (?) James: cf. fol. 117, p. 395
  11. Fol. 218. The old Latin Statutes of the Bodleian, cf. fol. 148, p. 461: followed by the Latin charter of its foundation, June 28, 1604; and a list of benefactors to it, to 1613
  12. Fol. 258v, p. 574. 'Carmina de fuga et cæde Scholarium Oxon. [A.D. 1354], magistri Dumbletoni Questionibus prefixa in Bibliot. Merton' (MS. 306, fol. 8): beg. 'O rex Anglorum': printed in the Oxf. Hist. Soc.'s Collectanea, iii. 180. On fol. 259, p. 575 are notes 'Of [Roger] Bacons Brasen Heade': on fol. 262, p. 579 Modus faciendi in vesperiis magistrorum Artium 'secundum usum Oxonie' from MS. Magd. Coll. (Oxf.) xxxviii. fol. 32
  13. Fol. 315, p. 589. 'Elenchus scriptorum Mertonensium ex Registro': at fol. 328, p. 617, are three Latin epigrams on Abel, or Thomas, Munday who hung himself in Oxford (about 1610?)
  14. Fol. 329, p. 619. 'Catalogus veterum aularum Oxonie.'

B: Fol. 267, p. 269. Excerpts from writers on English history, often scored through as used elsewhere. At fol. 307, p. 351 is a speech by king James i in St. Mary's Church, Oxford, Aug. 29, 1605 (beg. 'Non potestis comptam'): at fol. 313, p. 367, 'Memorandums when I was deligate at superveyinge the charters' of the University: cf. fol. 321v, p. 604.


  • Creation: Written in the first half of the 17th century by B. Twyne


337 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Multiple languages
  • Latin
  • English


MS. Wood D. 32


The whole has been foliated anew at the foot of the leaf to avoid complication, but the old paging is here also given.

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. 25208

Custodial History

'Ant: Woode: Merton Coll: 1666: Hunc librum recepi a Doctore [Herbert] Pelham ...'


  • See Clark's Life and Times of A. Wood , iv (1895), pp. 220-1.

Physical Facet

On paper


8 1/2 × 6 3/8 in.

Repository Details

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