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A transcript of Nicholas Bishop's Collectanea relating to Oxford

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MS. Top. Oxon d. 72
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A transcript of Nicholas Bishop's Collectanea relating to Oxford, the original of which is MS. Dd. xiv. 1 in the Cambridge University Library, written by Bishop in A.D. 1432: this original was in Brian Twyne's time (early 17th cent.) among the Oxford City Archives. Photographs of some pages of the Bishop MS. are MS. Top. Oxon e. 96.

The present volume is a careful copy, rearranged in two divisions (legal and historical), with a list of contents, full indexes, and glossary: and contains:

  1. Pp. 1, 521. About 260 Latin leases, releases, charters, etc., chiefly relating to the parish of St. Michael at the North Gate (p. 151) and especially to tenements in it in and near Colesborne Lane (an ancient lane between Market St. and Ship St. parallel with them.
  2. P. 13, see plans, etc. at p. 527) about which Bishop had a law suit: some relate to St. Peter's in the East and the site of New College.
  3. At p. 4 is a copy of the old boundaries of the City, in French: and at p. 325 some rentals of the North Gate hundred, from 1291 to abt. 1300. The deeds in general range from about 1200 to 1432.
  4. Some personal memoranda about Bishop are at p. 389, and the date of his writing the volume is at p. 391
  5. P. 392. Notes about st. Frideswide, in Latin
  6. P. 394. 'De Cronicis Anglie', a brief chronicle of England to 1432, in Latin: beg. 'Anno ab orbe condito usque ad urbem Romam conditam.'
  7. P. 405. 'Cronicon Regum Anglorum' in English verse, to 1431: beg. 'Herkeneth hederward lordyngs | He that wollen here of kyngs', 1212 lines, with a short continuation. This is in general a similar chronicle to that printed in Ancient English metrical Romances, ed. by Joseph Ritson (Lond. 1802) ii. 270-313.
  8. At p. 446 follow some memoranda of historical events of 1430-1 (such as a meeting at Abingdon to oppose Lollards in 1431), with miscellanies, in English and Latin prose.
  9. P. 455. 'De prophetia Merlini': beg. 'Sedente itaque Vortigerno super ripam.'


  • Creation: Written in A.D. 1906 in London by H. Hurst


536 pages

Language of Materials

  • Latin
  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Top. Oxon d. 72, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Top. Oxon d. 72

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 19599


A transcript of Nicholas Bishop's Collectanea relating to Oxford

Biographical / Historical

Herbert Hurst (1834-1914) was an Oxford antiquary.

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. VI, no. 33675

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought from Mr. Hurst 29th June 1906: a letter from mr. Hurst of June 25, 1906, is at p. iii, and he has drawn a title-page at p. ix.

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On paper


12 × 8 3/4 in.

A transcript of Nicholas Bishop's Collectanea relating to Oxford
EAD version 2020 by Alice Whichelow
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