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Collection Level Description: John Walker Collection

Reference: MSS. J. Walker b. 1-2, c. 1-13, e. 1-12
Title: John Walker Collection
Dates of Creation: 1646-1715
Extent: 27 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

John Walker was born in Exeter in January 1674, and matriculated at Exeter college, Oxford, 9 November 1691. He was a Fellow of the college, 1695-1700, BA 1698, MA 1699, DD 1714. He was Rector of several Devonshire livings, and (1714-47) Prebendary of Exeter. He died in June 1747. Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

John Walker's collection consists of papers on which he based his Attempt Account of the numbers and sufferings of the Clergy of the Church of England...who were sequester'd. harass'd. &c., in the late times of the Grand Rebellion, occasion'd by the ninth chapter...of Dr Calamy's Abridgment of the Life of Mr Baxter... (London, 1714). The papers include a large number of original communications from all parts of England, but especially Devonshire, as well as Walker's own notes and extracts.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers are stated by Mr Macray (Annals of the Bodleian Library, 2nd ed., p. 230) to have been received from Walker's son William, a druggist in Exeter, in 1754, but the paper on which this statement is based cannot now be found, and the Library records mention the gift under 1756.

Access Conditions

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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. 10859-10883.

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Walker | John | 1674-1747 | Prebendary of Exeter and Ecclesiastical Historian

Great Britain | History | Puritan Revolution, 1642-1660

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