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A chartulary of the abbey of Malmesbury, written chiefly in the second half of the 13th century at Malmesbury

MS. Bodl. 191
Held at the Weston Library

  • Request

A chartulary of the abbey of Malmesbury, so far as concerns the office of Pittancer, consisting of:

  1. (fol. 1) A Rental of the estates assigned to the office of Pittancer, wanting the first and last leaves; the first part is in order of properties, the second part is arranged to show the times at which the rent was due.
  2. (fol. 13) The Chartulary proper, 197 charters, the first leaf of the list of contents and the last leaf of the charters (containing charters 198-204 and part of 205) wanting. The list of contents contains 200 in the original hand and seven additional, but about fifty more documents, chiefly copies of grants, have been added in the 14th and 15th centuries, and two on fols. 1r, 1v bear a date as late as 1503. Some small initial letters have been cut out of fols. 41, 45, 46, 63.

The pittancer dispensed additions to the common fare on particular festivals, and as there was no general fund of the abbey, he received the money to pay for them direct from estates assigned to his office.


  • Creation: written chiefly in the second half of the 13th century at Malmesbury


99 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Bodl. 191

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. 27642.

Custodial History

Dr 'Wm Brewster's signature is on fol. iiiv

Physical Facet

On parchment

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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