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Cherry's manuscripts, in Latin, Greek, English, French, Italian, Spanish and Welsh. The subject matter includes Greek language and literature.

Cherry's arms are on MSS. Cherry 3-4, 37, and his mottos' Non civium ardor prava jubentium' and 'Conscientia mille testes' in MSS. Cherry 4, 10, 30.


  • Creation: 15th-18th century


5.06 Linear metres (46 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • Latin
  • Greek, Modern (1453-)
  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish; Castilian
  • Welsh

Preferred Citation

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

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Cherry 1-41, 43-47

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12855


Cherry Manuscripts

Biographical / Historical

Francis Cherry, of Shottesbrooke, Berkshire, the Nonjuror and patron of Thomas Hearne, was born in 1665, matriculated at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford, 6 April 1682, but took no degree. He died on 23 September 1713. 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. III, nos. 9775-9820.

Custodial History

MSS. Cherry 43-47 were kept apart as a Collection under the title' Incerti.'

Immediate Source of Acquisition

There is some doubt as to the exact manner in which Cherry's manuscripts passed to the Library, but they were received in the latter part of 1729 through Mrs. Cherry's daughter, Anne, alongside a portrait of her father.

Cherry Manuscripts
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom