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John Gough Nichols Manuscripts


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Topographical manuscripts collected by John Gough Nichols, chiefly connected with Richard Gough.


  • Creation: 17th-19th century


3.14 Linear metres (52 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English
  • Latin
  • Greek, Modern (1453-)

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Eng. misc. f. 12].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. misc. f. 12-16; Eng. poet. e. 16; Lat. misc. f. 17; Top. gen. c. 6-14, d. 1-4, e. 16-45, f. 31-32

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13258


Topographical manuscripts collected by John Gough Nichols, 17th-19th century.

Biographical / Historical

John Gough Nichols, born 22 May 1806, was the third of a line of literary printers (being eldest son of John Bowyer Nichols, 1779-1863, who was eldest son of John Nichols, 1745-1826): his second name was due to the circumstance that Richard Gough, the antiquary, was his godfather. He was one of the founders of the Camden Society, and joint editor of the Gentleman's Magazine 1828-1851, and sole editor 1851-1856, as well as author of many antiquarian books. He died 14 November 1873. 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. 25510-25561.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The manuscripts were purchased in 1874.

Related Materials

See also Nichols Papers, (Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. lett. b. 11-19; c. 354-372) and Papers of the Nichols Family, Printers and Publishers, (Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. b. 2071-2077, c. 6165-6166).

John Gough Nichols Manuscripts
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom