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Copies of old Cornish plays


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Copies of old Cornish plays, written in more than one hand, perhaps late in the 17th and early in the 18th century.


  • Creation: written in more than one hand, perhaps late in the 17th and early in the 18th century


0.10 Linear metres (2 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English
  • Cornish

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Cornish e. 2].

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MSS. Cornish e. 2-3

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 18625


Copies of old Cornish plays.

Biographical / Historical

William Jordan (fl. 1611) was a scribe.

John Keigwin (1641–1716) was an antiquary.

John Anstis (1669–1744) was a herald and antiquary.

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. 28556-28557.

Custodial History

William Hals's name is at p. 320 of MS. Cornish e. 2, and p. 484 of MS. Cornish e. 3.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

'This and the accompanying manuscript [were] presented to the Bodleian Library by Edwin Ley, Esq., of Bosahan in Cornwall, who became entitled to them as the legal representative of his father Hugh Ley, M.D., one of the heirs at law of Thomas Tonkin of Trevannance, by whom as well as by William Hals, the Cornish historian, they appear to have been revised and corrected. Bosahan, 15 Augt. 1849', note in MS. Cornish e. 2.

Related Materials

See also MSS. Bodl. 219, 791

Copies of old Cornish plays
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom