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Collection Level Description: Rawlinson Manuscripts

Reference: Rawlinson Manuscripts
Title: Rawlinson Manuscripts
Dates of Creation: 8th-18th century
Extent: 5122 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English, Latin, French, Greek, Ancient Greek, Dutch and Italian



Administrative/Biographical History

Richard Rawlinson was born on 3 January 1690 and died on 6 April 1755. His father, Sir Thomas Rawlinson, was a wine merchant, and lord mayor of London in 1706. After being educated at St. Paul's school and Eton, Rawlinson matriculated at St. John's college, Oxford, as a gentleman commoner on 9 March 1708, and proceeded BA in 1711, MA in 1713, receiving the honorary degree of DCL in 1719. He was FRS and FSA, and a Bishop among the Nonjurors (1728). In 1719-26 he travelled in Holland, France, Germany and Italy, gradually amassing a foreign, classical and English library, as well as coins; and few book sales between 1715 and 1755 took place in London without contributing both manuscripts and printed books to his collection. When his elder brother Thomas, who was also a great book collector, died in 1726, Rawlinson catalogued his manuscripts, and at the sale in 1734 secured a large proportion of them, including Oriental volumes. In 1750 Rawlinson founded an Anglo-Saxon Professorship at Oxford. Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

Rawlinson's manuscripts, consisting of:

The shelfmarks of this collection are as follows: 4o Rawl. 39, 41-4, 118, 145, 201-2, 204, 245, 263, 323, 335, 550, 582; 8o Rawl. 57, 135, 196, 280, 300, 401, 426, 429, 451, 470, 510, 570, 576, 578, 582, 584-5, 588, 594-5, 614, 621, 629, 645-6, 662, 681, 1047, 1052, 1064, 1079, 1093, 1095-7, 1102-3, 1105-8; MSS. Hearne's diaries 1-192; Rawl. A. 1-499; Rawl. B. 2-36, B. 38-366, B. 368-520; Rawl. C. 1-412, C. 414-18, C. 420-978, C. 980-9; Rawl. D. 1-366, D. 368-401, D. 403-943, D. 945-1037, D. 1039-1374, D. 1376-417, D. 1419-81, D. 1483-6, D. 1488-1511, D. 1514-6; Rawl. E. 1-206, E. 208-19, E. 221-61; Rawl. Essex 1-30; Rawl. G. 2-199; Rawl. I. 1-8, I. 10-11; Rawl. J. fol. 1-33, Rawl. J. 4o 1-38, Rawl. J 8o 1-18; Rawl. letters 1-138; Rawl. liturg. b. 1, c. 1, c. 3, d. 1-6, e. 1*, e. 2-13, e. 15-25, e. 27-9, e. 31-4, e. 36-47, f. 1-13, f. 16-39, g. 1-11; Rawl. N. 1-14; Rawl. poet. 1-242, 244-6; Rawl. Q. b. 1-5, Rawl. Q. c. 1-12, Rawl. Q. d. 1-12, 14-19, Rawl. Q. e. 1-33, Rawl. Q. f. 1-6, Rawl. Q. g. 1; Rawl. statutes 2-19, 21-57, 59-65; Smith 1-86, 88-125, 127-34, 136, 138-140, 142-3.

The letters A, B, etc. are used as the headings of the categories in 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). A, B, C, D, E, G, I, J are parts of shelfmarks, but the collections under F, H, K, L, M, and P have a variety of shelfmarks (details are given below).

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Rawlinson gave many printed books and a few manuscripts to the Library during his lifetime. Finally by his will, besides bequests to Hertford and St. John's Colleges and to the Ashmolean Museum, he bequeathed to the University all his manuscripts, medals, coins, matrixes and impressions of seals, prints, paintings and copperplates; and all such printed books as were on vellum or silk, or were not duplicates of books already in the Library. His musical manuscripts were left to the Music School, and only came into the Librarian's custody in 1885.

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. III, nos. 10884-16087.

See below for detailed catalogues.

Access Points

Classical literature

Liturgies

Numismatics

Poetry

Sermons

Statutes

Theology

Rawlinson | Richard | 1690-1755 | Antiquary and Nonjuror

Essex (England)

Great Britain | History



Component descriptions



MSS. Rawl. A
Rawlinson A: English History
Language of material: English, Latin, Dutch and French
488 shelfmarks

Manuscripts relating to English history, including:

  • State Papers of John Thurloe, secretary of state to Oliver and Richard Cromwell, 1638-60 (73 volumes)
  • Papers relating to Parliament, 17th-18th century
  • Papers of Samuel Pepys, secretary to the Admiralty, 17th century (26 volumes)
  • Papers relating to the Navy, 16th-17th century

The manuscripts are mainly English, Latin, Dutch and French, but also include some other European languages. The shelfmarks of this section are: MSS. Rawl. A. 1-365, A. 367-70, A. 372-3, A. 375-406, A. 408-14, A. 416-18, A. 420-6, A. 429-38, A. 440-1, A. 443-5, A. 447-99.

Finding Aids

Full descriptions, are in William D. Macray, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Bodleianae partis quintae fasciculus primus viri munificentissimi Ricardi Rawlinson, J.C.D., codicum classes duas priores, ad rem historicam praecipue et topographicam spectantes, complectens (Oxford, 1862).

Brief one-line descriptions, with shelfmarks and short titles, are in 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. III, nos. 10884-11373.

Publication Note

T. Birch ed., A Collection of the State Papers of John Thurloe, Esq. Secretary to the Council of State and the two Protectors Oliver and Richard Cromwell (London, 1742).

Access Points

Pepys | Samuel | 1633-1703 | MP Diarist Public Servant Antiquary

Thurloe | John | 1616-1668 | Secretary to the Council of State

England and Wales | Royal Navy

Great Britain | Politics and government | 17th century

Great Britain | Politics and government | 18th century


MSS. Rawl. B
Rawlinson B: English History
Language of material: English, Latin and French
479 shelfmarks

Manuscripts relating to English history, including:

  • Papers relating to heraldry
  • English pedigrees, with notes of arms, in twelve closely written volumes; with indices prefixed to the first seven. Compiled by Thomas Wilkinson, vicar of Waltham St. Lawrence, Berkshire, 17th century
  • Collections by Rawlinson for a history of the members of Eton College (4 volumes), 18th century
  • Papers relating to Dorset, 16th-17th century, including an assessment for the hearth-tax throughout the county of Dorset, due at Michaelmas, 1664
  • Papers relating to Durham, 17th-18th century
  • Papers relating to London, 14th-18th century, including papers relating to St. Paul's Cathedral
  • Collection of papers relating to various proceedings in ecclesiastical courts, particulary the Consistory Court of London, in seven volumes, 17th-18th century
  • Papers relating to Oxfordshire, 17th-18th century
  • Papers relating to Sussex, 16th-17th century
  • Papers relating to Ireland, 14th-18th century

The manuscripts are mainly English, Latin and French, but also include some other European languages. The shelfmarks of this section are: MSS. Rawl. B. 2-36, B. 38-148, B. 150-8, B. 160-7, B. 169-75, B. 177-9, B. 186-9, B. 191-6, B. 199-200, B. 202, B. 207-12, B. 214-220, B. 222-4, B. 226-36, B. 238-9, B. 241-5, B. 248-253, B. 255-7, B. 260-2, B. 265-71, B. 273-5, B. 277-329, B. 331-66, B. 368-98, B. 400-32, B. 434-44, B. 446-57, B. 459-70, B. 472-520.

Finding Aids

Full descriptions, are in William D. Macray, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Bodleianae partis quintae fasciculus primus viri munificentissimi Ricardi Rawlinson, J.C.D., codicum classes duas priores, ad rem historicam praecipue et topographicam spectantes, complectens (Oxford, 1862).

Brief one-line descriptions, with shelfmarks and short titles, are in 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. III, nos. 11374-11867.

Access Points

Ecclesiastical courts

Genealogy

Hearth-money

Heraldry

Wilkinson | Thomas | fl 1600-1699 | Anglican clergyman

Church of England | Diocese of London | Consistory Court

Eton College

St Paul's Cathedral

Dorset (England)

Durham (England: County)

Ireland

London (England)

Oxfordshire (England)

Sussex (England)


MSS. Rawl. C
Rawlinson C: History, Theology
Language of material: English, Latin and French
952 shelfmarks

A miscellaneous collection of volumes, chiefly on the subjects of law, history and theology. The volumes include:

  • Papers of Henry de Bracton relating to the law and constitution of England, 13th-14th century
  • Papers of John Robinson, Bishop of Bristol, and afterwards of London, chiefly relating to the negotiations for the Treaty of Utrecht, 18th century
  • Manuscripts of John Lewis, Minister of Margate, mainly relating to the rise of Anabaptism in England, 18th century
  • Statutes of England, 14th century
  • Theological Adversaria of [Peter Gunning, DD, Bishop of Chichester], in thirteen volumes (chiefly in Latin), 17th century
  • A vindication of the validity of Nonconformist ordinations, in reply to the Tentamen Novum and Tentamen Novum Continuatum published by Thomas Gipps, rector of Bury, Lancashire, in 1698-9, in his controversy with James Owen of Shrewsbury. Apparently a copy prepared for the press, 18th century

The manuscripts are mainly English, Latin and French, but also include some other European languages. The shelfmarks of this section are: MSS. Rawl. C. 1-21, C. 23-66, C. 68-145, C. 147-62, C. 164-85, C. 187-227, C. 229-33, C. 235-58, C. 260-75, C. 278-91, C. 293-313, C. 315-30, C. 332-38, C. 340-412, C. 414-18, C. 420-33, C. 435-61, C. 463-5, C. 467-71, C. 473-505, C. 507-37, C. 539-56, C. 558-648, C. 650-4, C. 656-757, C. 759-71, C. 773-80, C. 782-848, C. 852-62, C. 865-75, C. 877-918, C. 920-9, C. 931-78, C. 980-9.

Finding Aids

Full descriptions, are in William D. Macray, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Bodleianae partis quintae fasciculus secundus, viri munificentissimi Ricardi Rawlinson, J.C.D., codicum classem tertiam, in qua libri theologici atque miscellanei, complectens; accedit in uniuscujusque classis codicum contenta index locupletissimus (Oxford, 1878). Includes Index for MSS. Rawl. A-C.

Brief one-line descriptions, with shelfmarks and short titles, are in 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. III, nos. 11868-12819.

Access Points

Anabaptists

Constitutions

Dissenters

Law

Treaty of Utrecht

Bracton | Henry de | c 1210-1268 | Judge Chancellor of Exeter Cathedral

Gunning | Peter | 1614-1684 | Bishop of Ely

Lewis | John | c 1700-1799 | Minister of Margate

Robinson | John | 1650-1723 | Bishop of London


MSS. Rawl. D
Rawlinson D: Miscellaneous
Language of material: English, Latin and French
1407 shelfmarks

This collection, at first known as 'Rawl. Misc.', cannot be described briefly, but contains many foreign and many Nonjurors' papers, as well as the greater part of the Rawlinson manuscripts found in 1861 in cupboards and under a staircase. The manuscripts include:

  • Copies of the Travels of Sir John Mandeville, 15th century
  • 'An essay concerning humane understanding; in four books', by John Locke, 1692
  • Four volumes of transcripts of papers relating to Swedish affairs, 18th century
  • Six volumes of collections relating to French affairs from 1694 to 1702, written in the form of a consecutive chronicle; containing extracts of news from journals, and copies of political verses, satires, etc., and of political pamphlets
  • Flemish treaties, 1607-9
  • Italian historical tracts, 17th century
  • Three volumes containing the proceedings of the Synods of the French Protestant Church in the 16th and 17th centuries, and one volume of tracts and letters relating to the French Protestants
  • Exchequer accounts, 17th century
  • Eleven volumes of the pay-books of James Nedam, surveyor of all the King's manors within the realm of England, for the years 1532-1543
  • Four volumes of miscellaneous papers of Denis Granville, or Grenville, Dean of Durham, 17th-18th century
  • Diary of Richard Roach, BD, of St. John's College, Oxford, 21 December 1706-8 June 1730 (6 volumes)
  • Diaries kept by Dr Rawlinson during his travels, especially in Italy, in the years 1720-6, in company with his brother Constantine in the earlier part. Originally in ten volumes, but of these v and vi are missing, containing the year 1723
  • Papers of John Fitzwilliams, 17th century
  • Warrants against swearers, 17th-18th century

The manuscripts are mainly English, Latin and French, but also include some other European languages. The shelfmarks of this section are: MSS. Rawl. D. 1-4*, D. 6-8, D. 10-112, D. 114-22, D. 124-40, D. 142-79, D. 181-91, D. 195-220, D. 223, D. 225-42, D. 244-52, D. 254-9, D. 262, D. 264-6, D. 268-73, D. 275-9, D. 281-8, D. 290-314, D. 320, D. 327, D. 329-31, D. 333-47, D. 349, D. 351-7, D. 359-65, D. 368-9, D. 371-3, D. 376, D. 379-83, D. 385-95, D. 403-44, D. 446-653, D. 655-82, D. 684-96, D. 698-730, D. 733-96, D. 799, D. 801-36, D. 838-890, D. 892-938, D. 940-2, D. 945, D. 947-69, D. 972-8, D. 980-1001, D. 1003-16, D. 1018-19, D. 1022-8, D. 1030-7, D. 1039-58, D. 1060-70, D. 1073-109, D. 1111-43, D. 1145-63, D. 1167, D. 1178-87, D. 1189-221, D. 1224-266, D. 1269-89, D. 1291-374, D. 1376, D. 1378-417, D. 1419-81, D. 1483-6, D. 1488-1511.

Finding Aids

Full descriptions, are in William D. Macray, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Bodleianae partis quintae fasciculus tertius, viri munificentissimi Ricardi Rawlinson, I.C.D., codicum classis quartae partem priorem (libros sc. miscellaneos octagentos et sexaginta) complectens (Oxford, 1893), and Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Bodleianae partis quintae fasciculus quartus, viri munificentissimi Ricardi Rawlinson, I.C.D., codicum classis quartae partem alteram (libros sc. miscellaneos sexcentos et quinquaginta sex) complectens (Oxford, 1898). Index for MS. Rawl. D.

Brief one-line descriptions, with shelfmarks and short titles, are in 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. III, nos. 12820-14234.

Access Points

Nonjurors

Protestantism | France

Travel

Diaries | 18th century

Fitzwilliams | John | fl 1600-1699 | Nonjuror

Grenville | Denis | 1637-1703 | Jacobite Archbishop of York

Locke | John | 1632-1704 | Philosopher

Mandeville | Sir | John | d 1372 | travel writer

Nedam | James | fl 1532-1543 | Royal Surveyor of Works

Roach | Richard | 1662-1730 | Anglican clergyman

French Protestant Church

England and Wales | Exchequer

Flanders (Belgium)

France

Italy | Description and travel

Italy | History

Sweden


MSS. Rawl. E
Rawlinson E: Sermons
Language of material: English, Latin and French
259 shelfmarks

Volumes of sermons, mainly English, Latin and French, but also including some other European languages. The sermons include:

  • Sermons by Samuel Hawes, a bishop among the Nonjurors, 1694-1700
  • Twelve volumes of sermons by William Stanton of Balliol College, Oxford, 1697-1704
  • Twenty-four volumes of sermons and discourses by Robert Fleming junior, author of the Christology, between 1691 and 1715
  • Sermons by - Beaumont, a Nonconformist, 1688-1730
  • Twelve volumes of manuscripts written by Thomas Swadlin, D.D, 1660-70
  • Sermons by Daniel Price, Dean of St Asaph, 1685-1706
  • Theological pieces by Dr Thomas Turner, President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, 17th-18th century
  • Sermons by Dr Francis Turner, Bishop of Ely, 1680-90

The shelfmarks of this section are: MSS. Rawl. E. 1-206, E. 208-19, E. 221-61.

Finding Aids

Full descriptions are in 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. III, nos. 14235-14493.

Access Points

Dissenters

Nonjurors

Beaumont | - | fl 1688-1730 | Nonconformist

Fleming | Robert | ? 1660-1716 | Presbyterian Minister

Hawes | Samuel | fl 1694-1700 | Nonjuror

Price | Daniel | fl 1685-1706 | Dean of St Asaph

Stanton | William | fl 1697-1704

Swadlin | Thomas | 1600-1670 | Royalist divine

Turner | Francis | ? 1638-1700 | Bishop of Ely

Turner | Thomas | 1645-1714 | President of Corpus Christi College Oxford


Rawl. F [= MSS. Rawl. poet]
Rawlinson F: Poetry
Language of material: English, Latin and French
239 shelfmarks

Volumes of poetry, including:

  • Two copies, not quite perfect, of the edition of Chaucer's Works printed in 1598, both interleaved with collations and notes, 1710-20
  • A set of 18 English plays, chiefly comedies and farces, written in one hand, 1723-4
  • Miscellaneous works of Robert Samber, chiefly narrative and dramatic, 1710-29
  • Poems and pieces by John Williams, 1709-26

The manuscripts are mainly English, Latin and French, but also include some other European languages. The shelfmarks of this section are: MSS. Rawl. poet. 1-37, 39-63, 65-87, 89-144, 146-98, 200-42, 244-6.

Finding Aids

Full descriptions are in 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. III, nos. 14494-14736.

Access Points

Drama

Chaucer | Geoffrey | c 1340-1400 | Poet

Samber | Robert | fl 1710-1729 | Poet

Williams | John | fl 1709-1726 | Poet


MSS. Rawl. G
Rawlinson G: Classics
Language of material: Latin, Greek, Ancient Greek and English
180 shelfmarks

Classical and Biblical manuscripts, including:

  • Latin Bibles
  • Books of Psalms
  • Works of Cicero
  • Works of Sallust
  • Works of Ovid
  • Comedies of Terence

The manuscripts are Latin, Greek and English. The shelfmarks of this section are: MSS. Rawl. G. 2-7, G. 10-26, G. 28-30, G. 32-66, G. 68-83, G. 86-95, G. 97-8, G. 100-8, G. 110-38, G. 140-64, G. 166-71, G. 173-7, G. 183-99.

Finding Aids

Full descriptions are in 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. III, nos. 14737-14916.

Access Points

Authors, Classical

Bible

Bible | O.T. | Psalms

Classical literature

Cicero | see Tullius Cicero, Marcus

Ovid | see Ovidius Naso, Publius

Ovidius Naso | Publius | 43 BC-AD 17 | Roman poet

Sallust | see Sallustius Crispus, Gaius

Sallustius Crispus | Gaius | ? 86-? 34 BC | Roman historian

Terence | see Terentius Afer, Publius

Terentius Afer | Publius | ? 195 BC-? 159 BC | Roman comic dramatist

Tullius Cicero | Marcus | 106-43 BC | Roman orator and statesman


Rawl. H [= MSS. Rawl. lett.]
Rawlinson H: Letters
Language of material: English, Latin and French
107 shelfmarks

A collection of letters, including:

  • Letters to and from Thomas Hearne, 18th century
  • Correspondence and papers of Philip Lord Wharton, 1640-91
  • Letters, petitions for help, certificates, etc. addressed to William Sancroft, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1652-93
  • Correspondence and papers of Giovanni Giacomo Zamboni, Resident in England for the Duke of Modena, the Landgrave of Hesse Darmstadt, and the King of Poland (Elector of Saxony), 1707-51

The manuscripts are mainly English, Latin and French, but also include some other European languages. The shelfmarks of this section are: MSS. Rawl. letters 28-38, 40-64, 66-85, 87-109, 111-38.

Finding Aids

Full descriptions are in 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. III, nos. 14917-15026.

Access Points

Hearne | Thomas | 1678-1735 | Antiquary and Nonjuror

Sancroft | William | 1617-1693 | Archbishop of Canterbury

Wharton | Philip | 1613-1696 | 4th Baron Wharton

Zamboni | Giovanni Giacomo | fl 1723-1751 | resident in England for Duke of Modena


MSS. Rawl. I
Rawlinson I: Mainly theology
Language of material: Latin and English
9 shelfmarks

Manuscripts mainly relating to theology, including:

  • Theological common place books, 17th century
  • Latin index to the Bible according to subjects, 17th century
  • Copy of Le Neve's Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae (London, 1716)
  • Copy of H. L'Estrange's Alliance of Divine Offices (London, 1659)

The manuscripts are Latin and English. The shelfmarks of this section are: MSS. Rawl. I. 1-7, I. 10-11.

Finding Aids

Full descriptions are in 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. III, nos. 15027-15035.

Access Points

Bible

Neve | John Le | 1679-1741 | Antiquary

L'Estrange | Hamon | 1605-1660 | theologian and historian


MSS. Rawl. J
Rawlinson J: Academica
Language of material: English and Latin
89 shelfmarks

This section consists of Rawlinson's collections about Oxford history, mainly biographical facts collected with a view to his projected continutation of Wood's Athenae Oxonienses. There are also volumes connected with Cambridge, Eton and other schools. The manuscripts include:

  • Extracts and lists copied or compiled from the Archives of the University of Oxford, 18th century
  • Notes of contemporary events, chiefly relating to Oxford men, such as institutions to benefices, appointments, deaths etc., made by Rawlinson, October 1739-March 1755

The manuscripts are English and Latin. The shelfmarks of this section are: MSS. Rawl. J. fol. 1-33, Rawl. J. 4o 1-38, Rawl. J. 8o 1-18.

Finding Aids

Full descriptions are in 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. III, nos. 15036-15123.

Access Points

Eton College

University of Cambridge

University of Oxford

Oxford (England) | History


Rawl. K [= various shelfmarks]
Rawlinson K: Hearne & Smith - English History
Language of material: English, Latin, Greek and French
643 shelfmarks

Thomas Hearne (1678-1735), an indefatigable Oxford antiquary and publisher, the son of the parish Clerk of White Waltham in Berkshire, was adopted by Francis Cherry and sent by him in 1695 to St. Edmund Hall at Oxford (BA 1699, MA 1703). In 1701 he became Janitor or Assistant in the Bodleian, and in 1712 under-keeper. In Janurary 1716, after disputes with the Librarian, he resigned his office, refusing as a Nonjuror to take the Oath then exacted from all who bore public office. His publications of English historical works extended from 1703 until the year of his death (10 June 1735). His diary (1705-35) and correspondence with literary men are of considerable importance. Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Hearne's manuscripts, including:

  • 'Remarks and Collections', by Thomas Hearne, including a diary of events at Oxford and literary notes and extracts of all kinds, 1705-35
  • Notebooks of Thomas Hearne, 1700-35
  • 'Variae Lectt. & Annott. in Livium...', 6 vols., by Hearne, printed in his edition of Livy, Oxford 1708 (6 vols.)
  • Gronovius's printed edition of Livy (Amstel. 1679) interleaved and with numerous notes by Hearne, bound in six volumes
  • A copy of the 1692 (Leyden) edition of Cicero's Works, edited by Gronovius, interleaved and bound in nine volumes, with collations and notes by Thomas Hearne
  • Letters to Thomas Hearne, 1703-35
  • Letters, chiefly in English, almost all to Dr Thomas Smith, 1661-1709

The manuscripts are mainly English, Latin, Greek and French, but include some other languages. The shelfmarks of this section are: 4o Rawl. 145, 201-2, 204, 335, 582; 8o Rawl. 57, 135, 196, 280, 401, 426, 451, 470, 510, 570, 578, 582, 584-5, 588, 595, 621, 629, 645, 662, 681, 1047, 1052, 1079; MSS. Hearne's diaries 1-192; Rawl. A. 366, A. 371, A. 374, A. 407, A. 415, A. 419, A. 427-8, A. 439, A. 442, A. 446; Rawl. B. 149, B. 159, B. 168, B. 176, B. 180-5, B. 190, B. 197-8, B. 201, B. 203-6, B. 213, B. 221, B. 225, B. 237, B. 246-7, B. 254, B. 258-9, B. 263-4, B. 272, B. 276, B. 330, B. 399, B. 399*, B. 414, B. 433, B. 445, B. 457B, B. 458, B. 471; Rawl. C. 22, C. 67, C. 146, C. 163, C. 186, C. 228, C. 234, C. 259, C. 276-7, C. 292, C. 314, C. 331, C. 339, C. 434, C. 462, C. 466, C. 472, C. 506, C. 538, C. 557, C. 649, C. 655, C. 668A, C. 738, C. 758, C. 772, C. 781, C. 849-51, C. 863-4, C. 876, C. 919, C. 930; Rawl. D. 5, D. 9, D. 113, D. 123, D. 141, D. 180, D. 192-4, D. 221, D. 224, D. 243, D. 253, D. 260-1, D. 263, D. 267, D. 274, D. 280, D. 289, D. 315-19, D. 321-6, D. 328, D. 332, D. 348, D. 350, D. 358, D. 366, D. 370, D. 374-5, D. 377-8, D. 384, D. 396-401, D. 445, D. 654, D. 683, D. 697, D. 731-2, D. 797-8, D. 800, D. 837, D. 891, D. 893, D. 939, D. 943, D. 946, D. 970-1, D. 979, D. 1002, D. 1017, D. 1020-1, D. 1029, D. 1059, D. 1071-2, D. 1110, D. 1144, D. 1164-6, D. 1168-77, D. 1188, D. 1222-3, D. 1267-8, D. 1290, D. 1373, D. 1377; Rawl. G. 8-9, G. 27, G. 31, G. 67, G. 84-5, G. 96, G. 99, G. 109, G. 139, G. 165, G. 172, G. 178-82; Rawl. I. 8; Rawl. letters. 1-27, 39, 65, 86, 110; Rawl. liturg. e. 43; Rawl. N. 1-2; Rawl. poet. 38, 64, 88, 145, 148, 199; Rawl. Q. c. 1-3, d. 1-14, e. 2-12, e. 14-20, f. 1, g. 1; Rawl. statutes 19, 36, 45; Smith 1-86, 88-125, 127-34, 136, 138-140, 142-3.

Dr Thomas Smith, of Magdalen, well known for his works on the Eastern Church, left his manuscripts at his death (11 May 1710) to Hearne, on condition that sixteen should go the the Bodleian at Hearne's death.

Hearne left all his manuscripts (including the remaining Smith volumes) to William Bedford, and from Bedford's widow Rawlinson purchased them, probably in 1748, for £105.

Finding Aids

Full descriptions are in 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. III, nos. 15124-15754.

Publication Note

C.E. Doble (ed.), Remarks and collections of Thomas Hearne, Oxford Historical Society ; Vols. 2, 7, 13, 34, 42-43, 48, 50, 65, 67, 72 (Oxford: Printed for the Oxford Historical Society at the Clarendon Press, 1885-1921).

Access Points

Classical literature

Cicero | see Tullius Cicero, Marcus

Gronovius | Jacobus | 1645-1716 | classical scholar

Hearne | Thomas | 1678-1735 | Antiquary and Nonjuror

Livius | Titus | ? 59 BC-AD 17 | Roman historian

Livy | see Livius, Titus

Smith | Thomas | 1638-1710 | Nonjuror Historian and Librarian

Tullius Cicero | Marcus | 106-43 BC | Roman orator and statesman

Oxford (England)


Rawl. L [= MSS. Rawl. liturg.]
Rawlinson L: Liturgical
Language of material: Latin, French, Dutch and English
99 shelfmarks

Liturgical manuscripts, including:

  • Various copies of the Hours of the Virgin Mary

The manuscripts are Latin, French, Dutch and English. The shelfmarks of this section are: MSS. Rawl. liturg. b. 1, Rawl. liturg. c. 1, Rawl. liturg. c. 3, Rawl. liturg. d. 1-6, Rawl. liturg. e. 1*, e. 2-13, e. 15-25, e. 27-9, e. 31-4, e. 36-42, e. 44-7, f. 1-13, f. 16-39, g. 1-11.

Finding Aids

Full descriptions are in 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. III, nos. 15755-15858.

Access Points

Books of hours


Rawl. M [= MSS. Rawl. statutes]
Rawlinson M: Statutes
Language of material: Latin, English and French
59 shelfmarks

Statutes, largely consisting of University and College statutes of Oxford and Cambridge, in Latin, English and French. The shelfmarks of this section are: MSS. Rawl. statutes 2-18, 21-35, 37-44, 46-57, 59-65.

Finding Aids

Full descriptions are in 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. III, nos. 15859-15917.

Access Points

University of Cambridge

University of Oxford


MSS. Rawl. N
Rawlinson N: Numismatics
Language of material: Latin, Italian and English
12 shelfmarks

Numismatic manuscripts in Latin, Italian and English, several relating to Papal Medals. The shelfmarks of this section are: MSS. Rawl. N. 3-14.

Finding Aids

Full descriptions are in 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. III, nos. 15918-15929.

Access Points

Papal medals


MSS. Rawl. P
Rawlinson P: Miscellaneous, Essex
Language of material: English, Latin and Greek
100 shelfmarks

The Rev. William Holman (d 1730) was an assiduous collector and copier of the records of Essex family and local history. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Miscellaneous manuscripts and Holman's Essex manuscripts, compiled in the 18th century. The shelfmarks of this section are: 4o Rawl. 39, 41-4, 118, 140, 245, 263, 323, 550; 8o Rawl. 300, 429, 576, 594, 614, 646, 1064, 1093, 1095-7, 1102-3, 1105-8; MSS. Rawl. B. 240, Rawl. D. 1514-6, Rawl. Essex 1-30, Rawl. Q. b. 1-5, c. 4-12, d. 15-19, e. 1, e. 21-33, f. 2-6.

Finding Aids

Full descriptions are in 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. III, nos. 15988-16293.

Access Points

Holman | William | d 1730 | Essex Antiquary Congregational Minister



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