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Copies of 'Burghley Papers' or Cecil papers


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Copies of 'Burghley Papers' or Cecil papers, i.e. papers of Sir William Cecil, Baron Burghley (d. 1598) and his son Sir Robert Cecil, Viscount Cranborne, afterwards Earl of Salisbury (d. 1612), relating to English state affairs, and now preserved at Hatfield House.


  • Creation: middle of the 18th century


0.22 Linear metres (2 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English
  • French

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Add. C. 27, fols. 1-2].

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MSS. Add. C. 27-28

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 18549


Copies of 'Burghley Papers' or Cecil papers, written in the middle of the 18th century.

Biographical / Historical

William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley (1520/21–1598) was a royal minister.

Robert Cecil, 1st earl of Salisbury (1563–1612) was a politician and courtier.

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. 28358-28359.

Custodial History

These appear to be transcripts made for the Rev. William Murdin's Collection of Stale Papers in the reign of Elizabeth, 1571-1596 (London, 1759), continuing the Rev. Samuel Haynes's Collection, 1542-1570 (London, 1740), and to be the papers not printed by Murdin, either in order to contract the work within narrower limits, or because they were outside his period as finally determined.

The volumes bear the armorial bookplate of Dr. Martin Wall, and notes by him and Dr. Philip Bliss show that these copies belonged, after Murdin resigned his editorship, to his coadjutor Dr. Swithin Adee, and were given to Dr. Wall on the death of Dr. Adee's youngest daughter Catherine in 1822, by Sir David Smith, bart., of Alnwick, her executor.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

'Purchased 1824 of Mr. [Samuel] Parker who bought Dr. Wall's Library.'

Copies of 'Burghley Papers' or Cecil papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom