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Transcripts of Statutes etc. of the University of Oxford

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MS. Top. Oxon. b. 5

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Transcripts of Statutes etc. of the University of Oxford, 'Registrum E,' collected and arranged by George Darrell, probably in 1604 when he was proctor, but chiefly in the handwriting of professional copyists:

  1. Fol. iv. An attempt to codify the old Statutes of the University by transcription from the Chancellor's book (A), the two Proctors' books (B, C), and the Registers of Convocation (including many passages which have since been obliterated), in order of subjects. The latest entry is of 1594.
  2. Fol. 78. 'Academiæ statuta et iniunctiones per Commissionariosregis Edwardi 6', the Edwardine Statutes of 1549.
  3. Fol. 83. 'Statuta edita tempore Reginaldis Poli cancellarii regnante Maria regina', 1556: followed at fol. 88 by various statutes, orders, etc. of Elizabeth's reign, from 1575, chiefly in English, the latest being of Feb. 1600/1.
  4. Fol. 117. A list of the contents of A, B, and C (see above in art. 1), made in 1604, and of the present volume foll. 1-102; at fol. 135 is a subject-index of foll. 1-102.
  5. Fol. 130. Miscellanea, among which are: (fol. 130) a list of the days when there were not full lectures (non dis., non le., le. fe.); (fol. 132) lists of Chancellors, 1268-1357, of Vice-chancellors and proctors, 1505-1604; (foll. 87, 142) forms of oaths, graces, etc. At foll. 52b, 81b are inserted leaves, and there are other notes by Brian Twyne and Darrell (?), and one of July 24, 1699, by William Smith of Univ. college (fol. 31v).
  6. [The whole volume was printed literatim et verbatim by the University Commissioners in 1852, but never published. Apparently only one set of proof-sheets survives (Arch. F. (d. 13). S.G.]


  • Creation: Written perhaps in A.D. 1604 at Oxford in several hands


153 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Top. Oxon. b. 5, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Top. Oxon. b. 5

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 18070


Transcripts of Statutes etc. of the University of Oxford

Biographical / Historical

George Darrell was proctor of the University of Oxford in 1604.

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. 2944

Custodial History

Manuscript 504 acquired by the Bodleian Library

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by George Darrell in 1605. It was borrowed by the Parliamentary Visitors of 1647 and reclaimed from the Archives in 1653.

Physical Facet

On paper, binding, brown leather on boards, with blind and gilt tooling, early 17th century Oxford work, clasps lost


17 1/8 × 12 in.

Transcripts of Statutes etc. of the University of Oxford
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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom