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Account of the mitred abbies, by Browne Willis, 18th century

MS. Rawl. B. 264
Held at the Weston Library

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With additions and corrections in Browne Willis' own hand, and in that of T. Hearne.

The following note is written by Hearne on a fly-leaf at the beginning: "Mr. Willis's account of the mitred abbeys, with some of my corrections and additions. But alas! when I came to print this thing in Leland's Collectanea I found it so very defective that I was oblig'd to examin every thing anew, and to prepare it, as it should be, for the press. It was well recd. in the world, which being well known to Mr. Willis, in the year 1719 he put out a Grub Street edition of it, with very paultry additions, and the recommendation of one Wm. Wotton, a mad, debauched, irreligious clergyman (who absconds in Wales under another name tho' he hath a good parsonage in Buckinghamshire, where he was guilty of strange irregularities ****), for which Mr. Willis is much blamed, and is looked upon at least as a very weak man."


  • Creation: 18th century


186 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Rawl. B. 264

Custodial History

Owned by Thomas Hearne.


  • Printed by Thomas Hearne in vol. vi. of Leland's Collectanea .
  • Compare also Hearne's note on the subject in his Reliquiæ , vol. i. p. 428.

Physical Facet

On paper, in quarto; in the handwriting of his amanuensis


Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom