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Collection Level Description: Twyne Manuscripts

Reference: MSS. Twyne 1-7, 9-25, Twyne-Langbaine 1-6
Title: Twyne Manuscripts
Dates of Creation: 16th-17th cent.
Extent: 30 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English and Latin

Administrative/Biographical History

Brian Twyne (?1579-1644) was an antiquary. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

Transcripts, extracts and notes relating to the university and city of Oxford, made by and for Brian Twyne, with some notes by Anthony Wood and William Smith.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The manuscripts were bequeathed by Twyne to the University Archives and transferred to the Bodleian Library in 1921 and 1930.

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Further Information

Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. II, nos. 55453-82.

Publication Note

The volumes are described in detail by Andrew Clark, The life and times of Anthony Wood, iv (Oxford Historical Society, 30, 1895), 204-18.

Access Points

Smith | William | c.1651-1735 | Fellow of University College, Oxford and antiquary

Twyne | Brian | ?1579-1644 | Antiquary

Wood | Anthony | 1632-1695 | Antiquary

University of Oxford

Oxford (England)

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