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Aubrey Manuscripts


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Manuscripts of John Aubrey, including:
  1. Papers relating to English antiquities, including 'The Naturall Historie of Wiltshire, 1685'
  2. Copy of Aubrey's 'Brief Lives'
  3. Letters to John Aubrey, 1644-1695


  • 15th-18th cent.


22 shelfmarks

Language of Materials


Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Aubrey 1].
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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Aubrey 1-13, 16-17, 19-21, 23-26, 31

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12745

Biographical / Historical

John Aubrey (1626-1697) was an antiquary. He matriculated at Trinity College, Oxford, 1642, and was a Student at the Middle Temple, London, 1646. He brought to light megalithic remains at Avebury in 1649. He formed large topographical collections in Wiltshire and Surrey, and left in manuscript much antiquarian and historical material. 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. 6543-6, 7542, 8073, 8312, and vol. V, nos. 25278-25293.

Custodial History

The manuscripts were presented to the Ashmolean Museum by John Aubrey at various dates.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The manuscripts were transferred to the Library from the Ashmolean in 1860.

Related Materials

See also John Aubrey's 'Monumenta Britannica', (Shelfmarks: MSS. Top. gen. c. 24-25).


An account of the manuscripts and their donor is in John Britton, Memoir of John Aubrey (London, 1845).
Aubrey Manuscripts
Emily Tarrant
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom