Ten manuscripts collected by Browne Willis, including material relating to British history.
- Creation: 14th-18th century
1.10 Linear metres (10 boxes)
Language of Materials
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Bodl. 10, fols. 1-2].
Full range of shelfmarks:
MSS. Bodl. 10, 69, 754, 840, 872, 891, 944, 976, 980; Willis 106
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 13482
Ten manuscripts collected by Browne Willis, 14th-18th century.
Biographical / Historical
Browne Willis, of Whaddon Hall, near Winslow in Buckinghamshire, was born in 1682, and educated at Westminster and Christ Church, Oxford (matriculated 23 March 1700). He was a student of the Inner Temple, MP for Buckinghamshire 1705-8, and FSA 1718. He received from the University of Oxford the honorary degrees of MA in 1720 and DCL in 1749. He died on 5 February 1760. 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. V, nos. 27652-27661.
Our best descriptions for medieval items in this collection are in Medieval Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries under MSS. Bodl..
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The manuscripts were presented to the Library by Browne Willis in 1720.
- Willis Donation
- Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2020 by Pauline Soum-Paris
- EAD version 2020
- Language of description
- Script of description