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Collection Level Description: Aubrey Manuscripts

Reference: MSS. Aubrey 1-13, 16-17, 19-21, 23-6, 31
Title: Aubrey Manuscripts
Dates of Creation: 15th-18th cent.
Extent: 22 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

John Aubrey (1626-1697) was an antiquary. He matriculated at Trinity College, Oxford, 1642, and was a Student at the Middle Temple, London, 1646. He brought to light megalithic remains at Avebury in 1649. He formed large topographical collections in Wiltshire and Surrey, and left in manuscript much antiquarian and historical material. Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

Manuscripts of John Aubrey, including:

Administrative Information

Custodial History

The manuscripts were presented to the Ashmolean Museum by John Aubrey at various dates.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The manuscripts were transferred to the Library from the Ashmolean in 1860.

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Further Information

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. II, nos. 6543-6, 7542, 8073, 8312, and vol. V, nos. 25278-25293.

Related Units of Description

See also John Aubrey's 'Monumenta Britannica'.

Publication Note

An account of the manuscripts and their donor is in John Britton, Memoir of John Aubrey (London, 1845).

Access Points


Biography | 17th century

Aubrey | John | 1626-1697 | Antiquary Topographer

Wiltshire (England)

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