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Collection Level Description: W. N. Clarke Manuscripts

Reference: MSS. Top. Berks. b. 2, b. 4-5, c. 1, c. 4-8, d. 4-5, e. 2-6, f. 2-3
Title: W. N. Clarke Manuscripts
Dates of Creation: 18th-19th cent.
Extent: 18 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English and Latin

Administrative/Biographical History

William Nelson Clarke (1799-1855), whose father lived at Ardington in Berkshire, matriculated from Christ Church, Oxford, 23 May 1817, aged 18 (DCL 1847). He edited a Parochial topography of the hundred of Wanting, with other miscellaneous records relating to the county of Berks (Oxford, 1824), and A collection of letters addressed by prelates and individuals of high rank in Scotland ... to Sancroft, archbishop of Canterbury (Edinburgh, 1848).

Scope and Content

Manuscripts by Clarke relating to Berkshire. The collection includes pedigrees, copies of records, notes and extracts.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Clarke gave the collection to his cousin, H.O. Coxe, Bodley's Librarian, in 1842.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

H.O. Coxe presented the collection to the Bodleian in 1868.

Access Conditions

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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. V, nos. 25492-25509.

Access Points


Clarke | William Nelson | 1799-1855 | Antiquary

Berkshire (England)

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