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'The Naturall Historie of Wiltshire, 1685', the rough draft by John Aubrey' part 1, Written in 1656-1691 chiefly by John Aubrey

MS. Aubrey 1
Held at the Weston Library

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Volume 1 of 2. The rough draft by John Aubrey, in two volumes, with a table of chapters prefixed to each. A fuller copy in one volume, by Aubrey, was formerly in the library of the Royal Society and in 1847 was in the possession of George Poulett Scrope, esq., M.P., of Castle Combe, from which the work was in parts edited for the Wiltshire Topographical Society by John Britton, F.S.A. (1847). Begun in 1656, it was submitted to the Royal Society in 1675 but not published. This copy lacks the chapters on 'Architecture', 'Accidents', and 'Seates', but contains notes by John Ray, John Evelyn, and bishop Thomas Tanner and Thomas Gale, not copied into the Royal Society volume. On the title-page (fol. 3) is the note 'Mr David Loggan drew my picture anno 1686, which is in his hands, to be engraven for this book', and on fol. 3v a note concerning the annotations by Evelyn.


  • Creation: Written in 1656-1691 chiefly by John Aubrey


182 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Aubrey 1

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. 7542.

Custodial History

Manuscript acquired by the Bodleian Library ('1690').

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bequeathed by Aubrey to the Ashmolean in 1691(?)

Physical Facet

On paper.


13 2/5 × 8 3/5 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom