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Tracts upon heraldry and parliamentary procedure, Written about 1550 to 1660 in various hands

MS. Dugdale 28
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Tracts upon heraldry and parliamentary procedure, written at various times and bound up together for William Dugdale, being:

  1. Fol. 2. 'The order of knighthode', beg. 'It happened in a certayne land'
  2. Fol. 9. 'La diurnall du ung herault darmes', beg. 'De drap donc on prent', followed (fol. 51) by 'The first question for the antiquity of Tearmes, for administration of justice and their retournes', beg. 'It is remembered that in the life tyme' and (fol. 53) 'a perfect index to the preceding papers', by Dugdale
  3. Fol. 55. 'The antient usage for the solemne interment of great estates', written in a hand of about 1530-50, to which are added accounts of funerals of noblemen (1557-68) and of the funeral of king James i, with an index by Dugdale (fol. 130)
  4. Fol. 135. 'England's Epinomis, or a collection out of the authenticque historians', by John Selden (published 1610)
  5. Fol. 185. extracts of wills (1449-1632) from the registers of the archbishops of York, by Sir Thomas Herbert, bart. (d. 1682), 'a learned antiquarie'
  6. Fol. 219. Thomas [rectius George] Cavendish's life of Wolsey, in an abridged form, followed by the author's verses upon Wolsey and 'divers elegiecall poems upon sundry persons which lived in the time of K. Henry the 8, Edward 6th, and Queen Mary', of whom there is a list by Dugdale on fol. 219, beg. 'Nowe to that lord whose power is celestiall' (the first of 14 lines crossed out) and then 'In the moneth of June I lying sole alone'
  7. Fol. 269. 'The antient method and manner of holding parliaments in England, being the collections of Henry Elsynge, esquire, some time clerke of the house of Commons', printed in 1663, etc.
  8. Fol. 333. 'A consideration of the office and duty of heralds in England, drawn out of sundry observations by John Doderidg the King's Sollicitor generall att the instance of Henry eurle [sic] of Northampton, 1605', printed by Thomas Hearne in Curious Discourses (1720)
  9. Fol. 350. 'Of the power and interest which the kings of England had with their parliament', beg. 'Although the lords and commons meet in parliament'


  • Creation: Written about 1550 to 1660 in various hands


370 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Multiple languages
  • English
  • French


MS. Dugdale 28

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. 6518

Custodial History

Fol. 9v bears the signature of Thomas Longman, and fol. 135 that of John Allanson.

Physical Facet

On paper


13 2/5 × 8 1/2 in.

Repository Details

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