Collection Level Description: Massey Manuscripts
Reference: MSS. Bodl. 72-3, 175, 221-2, 322-9, 492, 574, 576
Title: Massey Manuscripts
Dates of Creation: 15th-17th cent.
Extent: 16 shelfmarks
Language of Material: English, Latin, and Italian
Richard Middleton Massey, MA, of Brasenose College (1678-1743; FSA 1718, FRS 1712), was at
one time under-keeper of the Ashmolean Museum. After leaving the Museum he later went on to
Scope and Content
Miscellaneous manuscripts collected by Massey, mainly historical (17th century) and
literary (15th-17th century). Includes:
- (MS. Bodl. 175) Transcript of 24 Chester
Mystery plays written in 1604. The last performance of the plays is believed to have
been in 1575.
- (MSS. Bodl. 322-9) The original register of the proceedings of the
Committee for Plundered Ministers. Seven volumes are arranged by county and cover July
1645 - Dec. 1646, Oct. 1647 - Apr. 1653. One volume (MS. Bodl. 324) is arranged
chronologically and covers Oct. 1646 - Apr. 1647.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The manuscripts were given to the Library by Massey in 1710.
Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card
(for admissions procedures see
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.
Mysteries and miracle-plays, English | England | Chester
England and Wales | Parliament | Committee for the Relief of Plundered Ministers
Massey | Richard Middleton | 1678-1743 | Physician
Great Britain | History
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