Additional manuscripts collected by Richard Gough
Additional manuscripts collected by Richard Gough, 1617-1801:
- 'Classical Arithmetic. An essay to make that science more generally usefull, by applying it to the Roman, Greek and Sacred Classicks. By Thomas Delafield...';
- Papers relating to the Rev. James Page, a clergyman who went about fraudulently soliciting subscriptions for publishing a sermon;
- Liturgical prayers etc. in Greek.
- Creation: 1617-1801
0.44 Linear metres (4 boxes)
Language of Materials
- Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Add. A. 51, fols. 1-2].
Full range of shelfmarks:
MSS. Add. A. 51-52, Gough Oxon. 55, Gough liturg. 21
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 18826
Additional manuscripts collected by Richard Gough, 1617-1801.
Biographical / Historical
Richard Gough (1735-1809), antiquary, was born in London, received a private education, and was admitted a fellow-commoner of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, in July 1752, but left in 1756 without taking a degree. From the age of eleven he was a prolific writer, but after his Cambridge days devoted himself almost exclusively to British topography and antiquities, making annual tours through different parts of Britian, often in company with John Nichols, his printer and publisher, and employing artists such as Jacob Schnebbelie and James Basire to illustrate his notes. In 1767 he became FSA and from 1771-97 was Director of the Society of Antiquaries. In 1774, on the death of his mother, extensive estates fell to him, which his father (who died in 1751) had bequeathed to him in reversion.
Gough's chief works were his British Topography (1768, and 2 vols. 1780, an account of the literature of the subject), the Sepulchral Monuments of Great Britain (1786-99), and a greatly augmented edition of Camden's Britannia (3 vols. 1789; 4 vols. 1806; a third edition was begun in 1806, but not finished and never published). His numerous minor publications on classical, antiquarian and topographical subjects evince immense industry and activity, while his independent means enabled him to devote himself to his chosen pursuits. In the course of his life he amassed a large library of books and engravings, chiefly topographical, which included many volumes from the libraries of Ducarel, Lort, Blomefield, Peter Le Neve, Hutchins, West and others.
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. 28033-28036.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The four manuscripts appear to belong to the Gough Collection, and might have come to the Library at the same time as the bulk of the Gough Collection in 1809. MS. Gough Oxon was found in Gough Oxf. 87 in 1885.
MS. Gough Oxon 55 (Papers relating to the Rev. James Page, a clergyman who went about fraudulently soliciting subscriptions for publishing a sermon) is no longer in the Bodleian.
- Additional manuscripts collected by Richard Gough
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