Papers of Sir John Bankes
The collection contains official documents, 1634-40, mainly comprising copies of petitions to the king, with related papers, and warrants addressed to Bankes. There are bundles of papers relating to the American colonies; the granting of patents for monopolies and inventions, and charters of incorporation for boroughs and trades. There are bundles of draft proclamations; extracts from medieval records about the levying of contributions for the defence of the realm; recognizances and examinations in Star Chamber cases. There are also estate papers relating to Sir John Bankes's estates in North Lynn, West Lynn and Clenchwarton, Norfolk, c.1622-1650
An outline of the collection, with examples of notable documents, is given in Irving Gray, 'The Lydney Park papers', Quarterly Review, 289 (1951), 55-67, and in D. M. Barratt, 'The Bankes Papers: a first report', Bodleian Library Record, 4 (1952-3), 312-23. A detailed calendar of most of the collection, and an index of the people, places and subjects, are available in the Library.
- Creation: c. 1622-1650
7.59 Linear metres (69 boxes)
Language of Materials
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Bankes 1, fols. 1-2].
Full range of shelfmarks:
MSS. Bankes 1-76
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 9142
Papers of Sir John Bankes, attorney-general, c. 1622-1650
Biographical / Historical
Sir John Bankes (1589-1644) was attorney-general, 1634-40. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.
The papers have been kept in the order they were found in 1949.
Other Finding Aids
M. Clapinson and T. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 37845-921
Found among the muniments of the Bathurst and Wynter families in the Lydney Park estate office in 1949.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from the Lydney Park Estate Co. in 1950.
Existence and Location of Copies
A detailed calendar of most of the collection, and an index of the people, places and subjects, are available in the Library.
- Papers of Sir John Bankes
- Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2019 by Alice Whichelow
- EAD version 2019
- Language of description
- Script of description