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Papers relating to Dr Mark Ridley (1560-1624) and his Russian-English Dictionary

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MS. 16167
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Papers of Dr Gerald Stone relating to Dr Mark Ridley (1560-1624), assembled while working on an edition of the Russian-English and English-Russian dictionaries in the Laud manuscripts attributed to Ridley. Comprises:
  1. File 1: Correspondence including with Professors Rothe and Harder, John Simmons and Dr Denis D. Gibbs, 1977-2004.
  2. File 2: Papers given on Ridley by Dr Stone at conferences, 1987, background articles and notes on Ridley, 1950s-1990s, and reviews of Dr Stone's edition of A Dictionarie of the Vulgar Russe Tongue: Attributed to Mark Ridley, 1998-2003
  3. File 3: Manuscript notes on the dictionary, photographs of some pages of the Laud manuscripts and photographs of the area in Moscow where the English embassy stood in the 16th-17th century, taken by Dr Stone in 1991.


  • 1950s-2004


1 box

Language of Materials

  • English
English; some Russian

Preferred Citation

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MS. 16167

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CMD ID 16167


Papers relating to Dr Mark Ridley (1560-1624) and his Russian-English Dictionary

Biographical / Historical

Mark Ridley (1560-1624) was a physician and writer on magnetism. In 1594 he was appointed by Queen Elizabeth to serve as physician to the tsar of Russia and he remained in Moscow for five years. Two manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (MSS. Laud Misc. 47a and 47b), a Russian-English dictionary and an English-Russian dictionary, are attributed to Ridley.

For further information see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Dr Gerald Stone in 2019.

Related Materials

Bodleian: MSS. Laud Misc. 47a and 47b the Russian-English and English-Russian dictionaries attributed to Mark Ridley.


  • A dictionarie of the vulgar Russe tongue, attributed to Mark Ridley; edited from the late sixteenth century manuscripts and with an introduction by Gerald Stone (1996)
Catalogue of Papers relating to Dr Mark Ridley and his Russian-English Dictionary
Finding aid prepared by Lucy McCann
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Repository Details

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