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'MS. Scraps', chiefly about English antiquities

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MS. Top. gen. c. 23
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'MS. Scraps', chiefly about English antiquities, bound about 1899 (?), among which are:

  1. Fol. 1. Notes by John Woodward (d. 1728), Jan. 21, 1725
  2. Fol. 10. Copies of some Latin documents about lands of Hugh de Courtenay earl of Devon, 1293-1335, etc.
  3. Fol. 17. Translation of a charter about the rectory of Ovingham, 1378, marked 'Chandler deeds', see art. (4) after no. 30115
  4. Fol. 22. An indulgence issued by George Master and the brothers of the hospital at Burton Lazars, 1487, in Latin, on parchment, 'Bought by the Bodleian 8. 3. 1895 from H. T. Wake's Cat. 242, no. 105'
  5. Fol. 28. Copy of an Order in Council about the charges for repairing Sonning Bridge Feb. 18, 1635/6, 'Bought 1880 from Mrs. W. H. Turner'
  6. Fol. 31. A bond for £40 due from Elizabeth Fawkner of Newington to archbishop Whitgift, March 6, 1590/1, on parchment, in Latin and English, found in 1881 in the binding of no. 27626
  7. Fol. 35. Part of a writ to the sheriff of Yorkshire to produce certain persons at a suit at Westminster brought by Thomas Baynes, June 17, 1635, in Latin, on parchment, once among the 'Palæographical specimens', see no. 30479 (catal.)
  8. Fol. 38. A plan of ground adjoining St. Bride's Bay in Pembrokeshire, 18th cent.
  9. Fol. 39. Two brass-rubbings
  10. Fols. 43-118. Miscellaneous papers 'bought by the Bodleian in lot 325 at Sotheby's Nov. 10, 1899', comprising Berkshire notes, some of about A.D. 1700 (fol. 43) and about A.D. 1825 (fol. 63), and some about West Woodhay, 1784 (fol. 88), also a copy of sir Edward Donne's Will, of Horsingdon in Buckinghamshire, Dec. 20, 1551 (fol. 97), and of briefs of 1694 to 1744 from the registers of Kempsford in Gloucestershire (fol. 101)

Additions, (fols. 136-237) Guard-book of letters and papers, 16th-20th cent., including:

  1. Fols. 150-4. constables' accounts for Messingham, Lincs., 1762-5
  2. Fols. 157-209. papers of Wentworth Webster concerning his family's pedigree, 1894-1903
  3. Fols. 212-24. bills and receipts of Sir Edward Nicholas, 1638-46

Additions, (fols. 119-133) 'Papers formerly belonging to J[ohn] Britton the antiquary', presented by mr. Percy Manning, Feb. 26, 1913. These comprise:

  1. A letter from Samuel Carte junior to his father, the rev. Samuel Carte, vicar of st. Martin's in Leicester, Feb. 27, 1714/5 (fol. 120)
  2. Papers in a suit in the Court of Arches between Griffith Vaughan, archd. of Shropshire, and the rev. John Evans, rector of Stockton, and other law papers (fol. 121v)
  3. 'Extracts from ... an account of the states of the church and vicarage of Kenilworth from ... 1558 to the present year 1716, drawn up by Wm. Best, vicar' (fol. 129)


  • Creation: Written in the 15th-18th century


120 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English
  • Latin

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Top. gen. c. 23, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Top. gen. c. 23

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 20483


'MS. Scraps', chiefly about English antiquities

Biographical / Historical

Biographical details unknown.

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, no. 30714

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired by The Bodleian Library in 1890.

Additions: Acquired, 1916-25.

Physical Facet

On paper and parchment


13 3/4 × 9 1/4 in.

'MS. Scraps', chiefly about English antiquities
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Weston Library
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