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Records of the Oxford University Barbers' Company


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Records of the Company of Barbers, including charters, order books, certificates of admission, quarterage and fine books, account books, rolls of apprentices, bonds, and alphabetical lists of matriculations in the University of Oxford.


  • Creation: 1663-1859


18 shelfmarks

Language of Materials

  • English
  • Latin

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Oxford Barbers 1].

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MSS. Oxford Barbers 1-18

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13501

Biographical / Historical

The Company of Barbers of the University of Oxford is first noted in the 14th century, but its first charter is an Act of Convocation dated 10 November 1675, and their first Orders are dated 18 November 1675. All members were matriculated members of the University of Oxford. Its government was entrusted to a Master and Wardens. The Company was dissolved in 1859.

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, nos. 31110-27.

Custodial History

At the dissolution of the Company in 1859 the records probably remained in the possession of the last Master, R.J. Spiers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The records were purchased 13 June 1890 from S.P. Spiers.

Records of the Oxford University Barbers' Company
Emily Tarrant
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom