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Seven volumes consisting of a collection of original papers relating to ecclesiastical and civil affairs in Great Britain and Ireland from 1585 to 1724, chiefly owned by, and many written to, Archbishop Gilbert Sheldon in about 1660-1677.


  • Creation: 16th-18th century


0.77 Linear metres (7 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English
  • Latin

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Add. C. 302].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Add. C. 302-303, 304a-b, 305-307

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13315


Volumes chiefly owned by, and many written to, Archbishop Gilbert Sheldon, 16th-18th century.

Biographical / Historical

Gilbert Sheldon (1598-1677) was Archbishop of Canterbury. 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. 28181-28187.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Library bought the volumes from Sir John English Dolben of Finedon in Northamptonshire for £40 5s in 1824. His great uncle was Archbishop John Dolben (d 1686), who married a niece of Archbishop Sheldon.

Sheldon Papers
Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2020 by Pauline Soum-Paris
EAD version 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom