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Collection Level Description: Willis Donation

Reference: MSS. Bodl. 10, 69, 754, 840, 872, 891, 944, 976, 980; Willis 106
Title: Willis Donation
Dates of Creation: 14th-18th cent.
Extent: 10 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English, Latin, and French

Administrative/Biographical History

Browne Willis, of Whaddon Hall, near Winslow in Buckinghamshire, was born in 1682, and educated at Westminster and Christ Church, Oxford (matriculated 23 March 1700). He was a student of the Inner Temple, MP for Buckinghamshire 1705-8, and FSA 1718. He received from the University of Oxford the honorary degrees of MA in 1720 and DCL in 1749. He died on 5 February 1760. Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

Ten manuscripts collected by Browne Willis, including material relating to British history.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The manuscripts were presented to the Library by Browne Willis in 1720.

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. V, nos. 27652-61.

Related Units of Description

See also Willis Manuscripts.

Access Points

Willis | Browne | 1682-1760 | Antiquary and Numismatist

Great Britain | History

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