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Dugdale Manuscripts


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Dugdale's manuscripts, including historical and genealogical notes and extracts partly relating to Warwickshire. The manuscripts include Latin, English, French, Anglo-Norman and Old English.


  • 15th-17th cent.


49 shelfmarks

Language of Materials

Latin, English, French, Anglo-Norman, and Old English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Dugdale 1].
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MSS. Dugdale 1-49

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12915

Biographical / Historical

William Dugdale, a Warwickshire man born in 1605, began his literary work about 1625 as a local antiquary, although his History of Warwickshire was not published until 1656. His career in the dignified and leisured Office of Arms (Blanch Lyon 1638, Rouge Croix 1639, Norroy 1660) allowed him to undertake a series of literary projects, the scale of which would have staggered a less rapid and indefatigable worker. Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

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, nos. 6491-6536, vol. V, nos. 25275.

Our best descriptions for medieval items in this collection are in Medieval Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries under MSS. Dugdale.

Custodial History

The manuscripts were bequeathed by Dugdale to the Ashmolean, where they arrived on 29 June 1686.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The manuscripts were acquired by the Bodleian on 9 February 2018.
Dugdale Manuscripts
Emily Tarrant
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom