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Papers of Roger Whitley


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Papers of Roger Whitley, mainly in his hand, including notebooks containing information about foreign affairs and a royalist rising; copies of proceedings in Parliament, 1667-1677; a diary, 1684-1697; and commonplace books, in which Whitley collected material under general headings.


  • Creation: 1655-1697


0.48 Linear metres (6 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English
  • French

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Eng. hist. c. 710, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. hist. c. 710-712, e. 308-314, g. 22-23

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13472


Papers of Roger Whitley, 1655-1697.

Biographical / Historical

Roger Whitley (? 1618-1697) of Peel Hall, Cheshire, was a Royalist, Deputy Postmaster General, and an MP.

Custodial History

The papers came into the possession of the Mainwaring family of Over Peover, Cheshire, presumably through Whitley's eldest daughter Elizabeth, who married Sir John Mainwaring (1656-1702). They were among the papers deposited by Sir Harry Mainwaring in the John Rylands Library, Manchester, and listed by R. Fawtier, Handlist of the Mainwaring and Jodrell manuscripts at present in the custody of the John Rylands Library (Manchester, 1923, reprinted, with additions, from The Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, 7 [1922-3]).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were bought by the Bodleian Library at Sotheby's in 1973.

Papers of Roger Whitley
Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2019 by Alice Whichelow
EAD version 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom