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Hearne 'Usserii Collectaneorum' vol. 4, written in the first half of the 17th century

MS. Add. C. 299
Held at the Weston Library

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Miscellaneous historical collections, made by Ussher, among which are:

  1. (fol. 34) Annals of 'Francorum reges' to about A.D. 430, and 'Gothorum reges' (fol. 48) to about A.D. 545;
  2. (fol. 64) On the marriage of Cousins german, imperfect at beginning, beg. 'Matrimonie if forbiddenv;
  3. (fol. 67a) 'A prayer composed by the Queenes Matie for the prosperous success of her highnes forces ...' against Spain, 1596;
  4. (fol. 67av) Psalms c-ci tr. into English verse by sir Philip Sidney;
  5. (fol. 67b) 'A letter I suppose from the Ld. Chancellor Bacon to a young Lord intending to travell', beg. 'My Lord, I hold it for a principle';
  6. (fol. 70v) A list of Roman coins 'that remaine in the Castle of St. Donats, being found in a close of sir Edward Stradlings knight by drawing of Rabetts, the 7th day of June ... 1593';
  7. (fol. 74) Another list, chiefly of Roman coins, 'These coines I found with Sir Phil: Morgan att Rupcrra (Sept. 8, 1645) in Glamorganshire';
  8. (fol. 139v rev) Copies of records about the lands of the Archbishopric of Armagh;
  9. (fol. 135v rev.) 'Mr James Sall of Casshell his Advice tendered to the Confederates at Kilkenny, Jun. 20, 1644';
  10. (fol. 132v rev.) 'An. 1644. Proofs touching sundrie proceedings of the Scots in the prouince of Ulster';
  11. (fol. 128v rev.) 'The manner of the Execution of the Scottish Queene', Feb. 8, 1587, and of the funeral, Aug. 1, 1587, etc.;
  12. (fol. 126v rev.) The charge of treason against Philip Howard, earl of Arundel, 1589;
  13. (fol. 126 rev.) 'Whether it be safety for England that her Matie doe accept the soveraignty of the Vnited Provinces, or noe';
  14. (fol. 123v rev) 'Catalogi (anni 1619 Leodiensis, Sanctorum Iberniæ [editi per Henr. Fitz-Simon] ) Auctu-arium', two lists of Irish saints, partly by 'Stephanus', i.e. Stephen White;
  15. (fol. 117v rev.) Copies of two pretended Latin letters from pope Clement i to St. James the Less, bp. of Jerusalem: the first beg. 'Clemens Jacobo ... Notum tibi facio', ends, about half way through, 'exponere iam quæ præcepit incipiam': the 2nd beg. 'Clemens Jacobo ... Quoniam sicut à Petro', ends, the whole letter being much abbreviated, 'ipse sibi dampnationem accipiet';
  16. (fol. 113v rev.) Extracts from works on British history and antiquities;
  17. (fol. 109)v rev.) Copy of a Latin confirmation by Richard of Ilchester, bp. of Winchester (1173-88), of certain gifts to the church of St. Mary Overy in Southwark, 'ex bibliothecâ Parreanâ' at Camberwell;
  18. (fol. 108v rev.). A few notes by Ussher on the Revelation, autograph: beg. 'In the Revelations these particulars are to be carefully distinguished. 1. The woeman (which is the greate city Babilon).'

(fols. 76-107) are blank.

Lists of contents are at fols. 20b, 140v.

The volume had originally been used for a collection of 'Loci communes Immoderationum quarundam homini supervenientium' by 'T. Metcalf . anno etatis 28. 1598 ' (fol. 1), beginning with 'De dolore capitis', the last entry being on fol. 63v.

Also on foll, iii, 8v-12r are lists of books reported missing from (apparently) the library of Ussher himself, on Feb. 20, 1635/6, Apr. 22, 1634, Feb. 18, 1639/40, and some one other date.

On fol. 12v is a copy of the epitaph on the rev. Thomas Stacy, vicar of Camberwell in Surrey (d. March 26, 1527).

On the inner front cover is a list of 'Munition sent to Oswould the 7 9ber 1616.'


  • Creation: written in the first half of the 17th century


145 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin
  • English


MS. Add. C. 299

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. 27613.

Physical Facet

On paper

Repository Details

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