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John Walker Collection


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John Walker's collection consists of papers on which he based his Attempt Account of the numbers and sufferings of the Clergy of the Church of England...who were sequester'd. harass'd. &c., in the late times of the Grand Rebellion, occasion'd by the ninth chapter...of Dr Calamy's Abridgment of the Life of Mr Baxter... (London, 1714). The papers include a large number of original communications from all parts of England, but especially Devonshire, as well as Walker's own notes and extracts.


  • Creation: 1646-1715


2.25 Linear metres (27 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. J. Walker b. 1, fols. 1-2].

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MSS. J. Walker b. 1-2, c. 1-13, e. 1-12

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 7245, 13449


John Walker Collection

Biographical / Historical

John Walker was born in Exeter in January 1674, and matriculated at Exeter college, Oxford, 9 November 1691. He was a Fellow of the college, 1695-1700, BA 1698, MA 1699, DD 1714. He was Rector of several Devonshire livings, and (1714-47) Prebendary of Exeter. He died in June 1747. Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.


The collection was bound in 1865.

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. 10859-10883 and vol. V, nos. 27863-27864.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers are stated by Mr Macray (Annals of the Bodleian Library, 2nd ed., p. 230) to have been received from Walker's son William, a druggist in Exeter, in 1754, but the paper on which this statement is based cannot now be found, and the Library records mention the gift under 1756.

Related Materials

MS. Rawl. D. 958 is probably a Walker MS., but not certainly.

John Walker Collection
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom