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A large miscellany of treatises, notes, papers, and excerpts, collected and largely written by Robert Nalson, written in about A.D. 1540-1685, chiefly by R. Nalson

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MS. Top. Cheshire c. 6

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A large miscellany of treatises, notes, papers, and excerpts, collected and largely written by Robert Nalson between about 1650 and 1685 (see his name on fols. 2, 12v, 14v, 209v, 241, 443). It is a farrago of notes and copies of documents relating to ecclesiastical, monastic, historical, legal, military, and other subjects, chiefly illustrating English history from 1540 to 1685, with special reference in some cases to Yorkshire. The following may be taken as specimens of the contents:
  1. poems on the death of -- Baskervile, master of Wakefield free School, by R. Nalson, 1681 (fol. 12), 'of the Plott 1683' by the same (fol. 14v, cf. 241, 388v), on Clarendon House in London, 1665 (fol. 196v), on Laud's death, 1645 (beg. 'No annalls': fol. 240v), on a cock-fight at Wisbeach, June 17, 1673 (fol. 520), 'Vpon these ciuile distractions, 1644' (beg. 'England once Europes envye', fol. 521);
  2. documents about the wapentakes of Agbrigg and Morley in the West Riding of Yorkshire (fols. 74, 120, 512);
  3. 'A generall muster through the kingdome of England', according to counties (early 17th century ?: fol. 105, cf. 144, 381, etc.);
  4. lists of the navy in 1664 and 1672 (fols. 137, 481);
  5. copy of the Will of Robert Watterton, Jan. 10, 1424/5 (fol. 156);
  6. 'A catalogue of all the artes and scientes that are taught or read in the Vniuersitie of London (!: about 1630-40?: fol. 164v): pedigree of Savile (fol. 342v, cf. 241v);
  7. account of the lady Arabella Stuart's death, 1615 (fol. 389);
  8. the 'ensignes and colors' of the army of Henry V, according to counties, with explanations (fol. 429)
  9. lord Lucas's speech in the House of Lords, Feb. (?) 1670/1 (fol. 465);
  10. an account of the trial of the earl of Essex in 160° (fols. 540, 551).
There is an index at fol. 594: and a few later additions.

Dates

  • written in about A.D. 1540-1685, chiefly by R. Nalson

Extent

607 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Multiple languages
  • English
  • Latin

Shelfmark

MS. Top. Cheshire c. 6

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. V, no. 25568.

Custodial History

Owned by another Robert Nalson in 1786 (fol. 534v), and by Edward Taylor (?) in the 18th century (fol. 557v).

Watson coll. vol. no. 7.

Related Materials

See MS. Top. Yorkshire f. 1.

Physical Facet

On paper

Dimensions

12 5/8 × 8 5/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

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