Thomas Tanner was born in 1674, and matriculated at Queen's College, Oxford, 17 December 1689. In 1697 he became Fellow of All Souls. He was Prebendary of Ely, 1713-23, Archdeacon of Norfolk in 1721, and Canon of Christ Church from 3 February 1724. On 23 January 1732 he was made Bishop of St. Asaph. He died in Oxford, 14 December 1735. Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.
Tanner's collections contain much on the 17th-century Church, including correspondence of successive Archbishops of Canterbury, Gilbert Sheldon, 1663-77, and William Sancroft, 1677-90; and many papers relating to the Civil War and Interregnum, mainly correspondence of William Lenthall, Speaker of the House of Commons 1640-60. Sancroft's 'Adversaria', comprise mainly theological writings by Archbishop Sancroft.
By his will Tanner's manuscripts passed to the Library, and were received about three months after his death.Access Conditions
Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/services/admissions/).
For reference to detailed published catalogues of the Tanner and Sancroft MSS., see below under each component.
Sancroft | William | 1617-1693 | Archbishop of Canterbury
Tanner | Thomas | 1674-1735 | Bishop of St Asaph and antiquary
GB 0161 MSS. Tanner 1-10, 10*, 11-56, 57a-b, 58a-b, 59a-b, 60a-b, 61, 62a-b,
63-72, 73a-b, 74-169, 169*, 170-225, 225*, 226-74, 275a-b, 276-454, 455a-b, 456a-b, 457-63, 464a-e, 465-9,
Manuscripts of Thomas Tanner
Language of material: Latin, English, French, and Anglo-Norman
Tanner's manuscripts including papers relating to:
Full descriptions are in Alfred Hackman, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Bodleianae pars quarta codices viri admodum reverendi Thomae Tanneri, STP, episcopi Asaphensis, complectens (Oxford, 1860; reprinted with corrections, 1966).
The illuminated manuscripts in this collection are briefly described in O. Pächt and J.J.G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, 3 vols. (Oxford, 1966-73); with an unpublished supplement containing a concordance of shelfmarks and addenda (1974).Access Points
Allin | Sir | Thomas | 1612-1685 | Knight Admiral
Aquinas | Thomas | ? 1225-1274 | Saint
Lenthall | Sir | William | 1591-1662 | Speaker of the House of Commons, Master of the Rolls
Church of England | Diocese of Canterbury
Church of England | Diocese of Norwich
University of Cambridge
Great Britain | Church History | 17th century
Great Britain | History | Civil War, 1642-1649
Great Britain | History | Commonwealth and Protectorate, 1649-1660
GB 0161 MSS. Sancroft 1-145
Manuscripts of Archbishop Sancroft
Language of material: Latin, English, Greek, French and Hebrew
William Sancroft (1617-1693) was Archbishop of Canterbury, 1678-90. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.
Archbishop Sancroft's manuscripts including theological notes and papers, and sermons.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. 10302-10446.Access Points