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W. N. Clarke Manuscripts


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Manuscripts by Clarke relating to Berkshire. The collection includes pedigrees, copies of records, notes and extracts.


  • Creation: 18th-19th century


1.44 Linear metres (18 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English
  • Latin

Preferred Citation

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

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Top. Berks. b. 2, b. 4-5, c. 1, c. 4-8, d. 4-5, e. 2-6, f. 2-3

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12876


Manuscripts by William Nelson Clarke relating to Berkshire, 18th-19th century.

Biographical / Historical

William Nelson Clarke (1799-1855), whose father lived at Ardington in Berkshire, matriculated from Christ Church, Oxford, 23 May 1817, aged 18 (DCL 1847). He edited a Parochial topography of the hundred of Wanting, with other miscellaneous records relating to the county of Berks (Oxford, 1824), and A collection of letters addressed by prelates and individuals of high rank in Scotland ... to Sancroft, archbishop of Canterbury (Edinburgh, 1848).

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. 25492-25509.

Custodial History

Clarke gave the collection to his cousin, H.O. Coxe, Bodley's Librarian, in 1842.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

H.O. Coxe presented the collection to the Bodleian in 1868.

W. N. Clarke Manuscripts
Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2020 by Pauline Soum-Paris
EAD version 2020
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Repository Details

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