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Burnet Manuscripts


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Manuscripts of Gilbert Burnet, including:

  1. Copies of 'The History of my own Time', by Burnet
  2. Parts of Burnet's 'History of the Reformation'
  3. Letters and papers, written by or relating to Burnet and his works


  • Creation: 17th-18th century


1.10 Linear metres (10 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Add. D. 15, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Add. D. 15-24

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12843


Manuscripts of Gilbert Burnet, 17th-18th century.

Biographical / Historical

Gilbert Burnet (1643-1715) was Bishop of Salisbury and a historian. 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. V, nos. 28386-28395.

Custodial History

The manuscripts passed from Burnet into the possession of his third son, Sir Thomas Burnet (1694-1753), and afterwards were owned by a family descended from the Bishop.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The manuscripts were purchased from Mr Laycock for 200 guineas in 1835.

Burnet Manuscripts
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EAD version 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom