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Milles Devonshire Manuscripts


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Devonshire manuscripts of Jeremiah Milles, including heraldic collections, pedigrees of Devonshire families, and papers relating to Exeter Cathedral.


  • Creation: 17th-18th cent.


2.47 Linear metres (21 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English
  • Latin

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Top. Devon b. 1, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Top. Devon b. 1-7, c. 6, 8-17, 19, e. 7-8

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13234


Milles Devonshire Manuscripts.

Biographical / Historical

Jeremiah Milles, antiquary, the son of the vicar of Duloe in Cornwall of the same name, was born in 1714. After education at Eton and Corpus Christi College, Oxford (gentleman-commoner, matric. 1729, BA 1733, MA 1735, BD and DD 1747), he travelled abroad. On his return he took Orders, and after many preferments, became Dean of Exeter in 1762. He was President of the Society of Antiquaries from 1768 until his death on 13 February 1784. 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. IV, nos. 22754-22774.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was purchased at Sotheby's in 1843 for £90.

Milles Devonshire Manuscripts
Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2020 by Kelly Burchmore
EAD version 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom