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Collection Level Description: Milles Devonshire Manuscripts

Reference: MSS. Top. Devon b. 1-7, c. 6, c. 8-17, c. 19, e. 7-8
Title: Milles Devonshire Manuscripts
Dates of Creation: 17th-18th cent.
Extent: 21 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English and Latin

Administrative/Biographical History

Jeremiah Milles, antiquary, the son of the vicar of Duloe in Cornwall of the same name, was born in 1714. After education at Eton and Corpus Christi College, Oxford (gentleman-commoner, matric. 1729, BA 1733, MA 1735, BD and DD 1747), he travelled abroad. On his return he took Orders, and after many preferments, became Dean of Exeter in 1762. He was President of the Society of Antiquaries from 1768 until his death on 13 February 1784. Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

Devonshire manuscripts of Jeremiah Milles, including heraldic collections, pedigrees of Devonshire families, and papers relating to Exeter Cathedral.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was purchased at Sotheby's in 1843 for £90.

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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. IV, nos. 22754-22774.

Access Points



Milles | Jeremiah | 1714-1784 | Antiquary and Dean of Exeter

Exeter Cathedral

Devon (England)

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