Ballard's manuscripts, including letters and papers of Dr Arthur Charlett (1655-1722), Master of University College, Oxford, and Thomas Rawlins (1620-1670), medallist and playwright. Many of the manuscripts have literary or historical content.
- 16th-18th cent.
Language of Materials
English, Latin, French, and Old English
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Ballard 1].
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MSS. Ballard 1-46, 46*, 47-74
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 12774
Biographical / Historical
George Ballard was born of humble parents at Chipping Campden, in Gloucestershire, in 1706. In spite of constitutionally weak health and apprenticeship to a woman's-habit maker at Campden, he developed a great desire for learning, and picked up at an early age a knowledge both of Old English and numismatics. In this way he attracted attention, and Lord Chedworth with some friends gave him £60 a year with which to live at Oxford. Accordingly we find that he matriculated at Magdalen College on 15 December 1750, being then 44 years of age and holding a clerkship at the college. He also became a bedell of the University. On 24 June 1755, he died from the effects of a too sedentary life. 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. III, nos. 10787-10858.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Ballard bequeathed the collection to the Library. The manuscripts appear to have come to the Library in 1756.
- Ballard Collection
- Emily Tarrant
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