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Copies of old Cornish plays, written in more than one hand, perhaps late in the 17th and early in the 18th century

MS. Cornish e. 2
Held at the Weston Library

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Copies of old Cornish plays in two parts:

  1. Art. A (late 17th century?) (p. iii). 'The Creation of the World, being a Cornish Play ... written by Mr. William Jordan [1611]: and ... translated into English verbatim by Mr. John Keigwyn of Moushole ... at the request of ... Jonathan [Trelawney] Ld Bp of Exon. 1691', in Cornish and English; the English, which may be Keigwin's autograph, has numerous corrections. (129 pages).
  2. B (early 18th century?) (p. 1, 2nd series). 'Mr Keigwyn's Translation of the old Cornish Plays in the other book', i.e. De Origine Mundi, Passio Domini (p. 92), and the De Resurrectione Domini (p. 247) made in 1695, see p. 320: with corrections. There is an omission of about 950 lines in the last named play, after p. 314. (326 pages).


  • Creation: written in more than one hand, perhaps late in the 17th and early in the 18th century


455 pages

Language of Materials

  • Cornish
  • English


MS. Cornish e. 2

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. 28556.

Related Materials

The Cornish in Art. A is copied from MS. Bodl. 219.

Art. B is referred to at p. 483 of MS. Cornish e. 3 as 'Mr Anstis's Transcript perused by Mr Keigwyn', who died in 1716. This must refer to John Anstis the elder (d. 1745).

Physical Facet

On paper


8 × 6 5/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom