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Collection Level Description: Records of the Oxford University Barbers' Company

Reference: MSS. Oxford Barbers 1-18
Title: Records of the Oxford University Barbers' Company
Dates of Creation: 1663-1859
Extent: 18 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English and Latin

Administrative/Biographical History

The Company of Barbers of the University of Oxford is first noted in the 14th century, but its first charter is an Act of Convocation dated 10 November 1675, and their first Orders are dated 18 November 1675. All members were matriculated members of the University of Oxford. Its government was entrusted to a Master and Wardens. The Company was dissolved in 1859.

Scope and Content

Records of the Company of Barbers, including charters, order books, certificates of admission, quarterage and fine books, account books, rolls of apprentices, bonds, and alphabetical lists of matriculations in the University of Oxford.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

At the dissolution of the Company in 1859 the records probably remained in the possession of the last Master, R.J. Spiers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The records were purchased 13 June 1890 from S.P. Spiers.

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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. VI, nos. 31110-27.

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Barbers | England | Oxford

Guilds | England | Oxford

Company of Barbers of the University of Oxford

University of Oxford

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