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'The order of the procedinge against the Scottish Queene...'

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MS. e Mus. 178
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'The order of the procedinge against the Scottish Queene & the maner of her execucion. The sermons, prayars & exortacions apperteyninge to that Accion. Anno 1586', an interesting and detailed account of Mary queen of Scots from her arrival at Fotheringay on Sept. 25, 1586, to her burial at Peterborough on Aug. 1, 1587: beg. 'Anno 1586. Vpon sonday the xxvth day of September was the Scottish Queene brought from Chartley in Staffordshere to the castle of Foringhay'. This appears to be sir Robert Wingfield's Narrative, of which copies are in MSS. Ashmole 781, 830, and elsewhere.

The account of the funeral (fols. 31v-2v) is identical with that printed in Gunton's History of Peterborough (1686) as certified by the dean, dr. Richard Fletcher. At the end are the names 'Lord Mordent of Laightry. Mr William Downeall'.

Fols. iii-iv, 33-4, which formed the original cover of the MS. are fragments from a Latin 14th-cent. Sarum missal or manual written in England.


  • Creation: Written about A.D. 1590-1600


36 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. e Mus. 178, fols. 1-2]

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MS. e Mus. 178

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 18191


'The order of the procedinge against the Scottish Queene...'

Biographical / Historical

Sir Robert Wingfield (1464-1539) was a Knight and diplomat.

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. 3515

Custodial History

Manuscript acquired by the Bodleian Library (25)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

On fols. 1, 34 are the names 'William Garstange', 'William Goodman', 'Robert Hannis vicar of Ashelworth' near Gloucester. 'Le Livre de Anna Tracy.' 'Liber Bibliothecæ Bodlianæ Oxon. ex dono Viri perillustris Domini Humfredi Tracy Baronetti agro Glocestrensi oriundi. An. M.DC.LII. Mense Junij.'

Physical Facet

On paper


8 5/8 × 6 5/8 in.

'The order of the procedinge against the Scottish Queene...'
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