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Watson Manuscripts


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Manuscripts of John Watson, chiefly relating to the history of Cheshire and Lancashire. The collection also contains papers relating to Surrey and Yorkshire.


  • 16th-19th cent.


16 shelfmarks

Language of Materials

English and Latin

Preferred Citation

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

MSS. Top. Cheshire b.1, c. 2, c. 6-7, e. 3, e. 5-7; Top. Gen. e. 5; Top. Lancs. c. 2-4, e. 1; Top. Surrey d. 1; Top. Yorks. c. 2, e. 2, f. 1

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13455

Biographical / Historical

John Watson (1790-1875), Rector of Selham and antiquary, matriculated at Brasenose College, Oxford, 16 May 1809, aged 19, and was afterwards Fellow of the College.

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. V, nos. 25562-25578.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was presented to the Library by Watson's sister, Mrs George Robinson, in 1875.
Watson Manuscripts
Emily Tarrant
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom