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Collection Level Description: Watson Manuscripts

Reference: MSS. Top. Cheshire b.1, c. 2, c. 6-7, e. 3, e. 5-7; Top. Gen. e. 5; Top. Lancs. c. 2-4, e. 1; Top. Surrey d. 1; Top. Yorks. c. 2, e. 2, f. 1
Title: Watson Manuscripts
Dates of Creation: 16th-19th cent.
Extent: 16 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English and Latin

Administrative/Biographical History

John Watson (1790-1875), Rector of Selham and antiquary, matriculated at Brasenose College, Oxford, 16 May 1809, aged 19, and was afterwards Fellow of the College.

Scope and Content

Manuscripts of John Watson, chiefly relating to the history of Cheshire and Lancashire. The collection also contains papers relating to Surrey and Yorkshire.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was presented to the Library by Watson's sister, Mrs George Robinson, in 1875.

Access Conditions

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

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. V, nos. 25562-25578.

Access Points

Watson | John | 1790-1875 | Rector of Selham and Antiquary

Cheshire (England) | History

Lancashire (England) | History

Surrey (England) | History

Yorkshire (England) | History

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