Ten manuscripts collected by Browne Willis, including material relating to British history.
- 14th-18th cent.
Language of Materials
English, Latin, and French
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Bodl. 10].
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Full range of shelfmarks:
MSS. Bodl. 10, 69, 754, 840, 872, 891, 944, 976, 980; Willis 106
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 13482
Biographical / Historical
Browne Willis, of Whaddon Hall, near Winslow in Buckinghamshire, was born in 1682, and educated at Westminster and Christ Church, Oxford (matriculated 23 March 1700). He was a student of the Inner Temple, MP for Buckinghamshire 1705-8, and FSA 1718. He received from the University of Oxford the honorary degrees of MA in 1720 and DCL in 1749. He died on 5 February 1760. 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. V, nos. 27652-61.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The manuscripts were presented to the Library by Browne Willis in 1720.
- Willis Donation
- Emily Tarrant
- Language of description