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Collection of three Latin manuscripts, Made up of three MSS. written (A) in the 15th century, (B) about 1300, and (C) about 1500, in England

MS. Barlow 49
Held at the Weston Library

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A. 15th cent. (fol. 1). The constitutions attributed to Robert Grossetete, bishop of Lincoln, as in the Epistolae, ed. Luard (Rolls Series), pp. 164-6, followed by Grossetête's letters, here 129 in number, with marginal references added about 1700 to Edward Brown's selection published in 1690.

B. About 1300 (fol. 58). A register of documents relating to the manor of Faringdon in Berkshire, a grange of the Cistercian abbey of Beaulieu in Hampshire, comprising:

  1. Fol. 58. notes of the assessment of the temporalities and spiritualities at Faringdon
  2. Fol. 59. rules made about 1275 at Beaulieu for drawing up monastic accounts, followed by accounts and custumals of Faringdon (manor and borough) and its members, as specified in the Old Catalogue, with records, in a slightly later hand, of litigation concerning Faringdon

Much of this material (but not the regule compoti) occurs also in the 13th century register in the British Museum (Cott. MS. Nero. A. xii).

C. About 1500 (fol. 115). A cartulary of the college of Holy Trinity, Pontefract.


  • Creation: Made up of three MSS. written (A) in the 15th century, (B) about 1300, and (C) about 1500, in England


168 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Barlow 49

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. 6414

Custodial History

This item was Misprinted as 6375 in the Old Catalogue.

Wood (Life and Times, ed. Clark, ii. 174, n. 10) says of section A, 'The said epistles were once in Cotton's library [his signature is on fol. 4], but dr. John Prideaux borrowing them from Sir Thomas Cotton, never restored them. So that after his death they came into the hands of dr. [Thomas] Barlow of Queen's College ... who bought them at Worcester.' It is perhaps no. 110 in dr. John Dee's catalogue.

Physical Facet

On parchment, of which fols. 4-56v are in double columns. Binding, brown leather, gold-tooled, on boards, with the arms of Sir Robert Cotton on the outer front cover


14 4/5 × 10 4/5 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom