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Collection Level Description: Blakeway Manuscripts

Reference: MSS Blakeway 1-26
Title: Blakeway Manuscripts
Dates of Creation: 18th-19th cent.
Extent: 26 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English and Latin

Administrative/Biographical History

John Brickdale Blakeway was born at Shrewsbury on 24 June 1765 and educated in his native town and at Westminster and Oriel College, Oxford (BA 1786, MA 1795). He was a student at Lincoln's Inn, but in 1793 was ordained, and from 1794 until his death on 10 March 1826 was minister of the peculiar of St. Mary's Shrewsbury. His chief interest was in the topography and antiquities of his native town and county. He died just before the publication of the last part of the History of Shrewsbury, by H. Owen and J.B. Blakeway. In 1831 a book by him on the Sheriffs of Shropshire was posthumously issued.

Scope and Content

Blakeway's Shropshire manuscripts, including pedigrees of Shropshire families and papers relating to the history of Shropshire.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was presented to the Library by Blakeway's widow in 1840.

Access Conditions

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

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. IV, nos. 22086-22111.

Related Units of Description

See also Papers of J.B. Blakeway

Access Points


Blakeway | John Brickdale | 1765-1826 | Topographer

Shropshire (England)

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