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Introduction

From the end of the eighteenth century onward, the Library received by gift or purchase a number of small collections on county history, including Bridges (1795-6), Blakeway (1840), Milles (1843), W. N. Clarke (1868), Gough Nichols (1874) and Watson (1875). In 1884 all these collections except Blakeway were formed into a series called MSS. Top(ography), subdivided into gen(eral) and eccles(iastical), and into England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, with further subdivisions for English, Scottish and Welsh counties. The volumes were also arranged by size, which is denoted by a small letter preceding the running number from 'a' for the largest volumes to 'g' for the smallest. Most medieval manuscripts in the series were acquired after 1916 and do not have a Summary Catalogue number.


Shelfmark MS. Top. Denbigh c. 1
Summary Catalogue no. Not in SC (late accession): description unpublished, only available in Library
Summary of contents Survey of the honour of Denbigh.
Language Latin
Origin English
Date 1334
Material parchment

Provenance

Dr. F. Seebohm; Col. Howard; Maitland Library, 1928.

Shelfmark MS. Top. Devon d. 5
Summary Catalogue no. Not in SC (late accession): no description available
Summary of contents Cartulary of Newenham Abbey.
Language Latin
Origin English
Date c. 1347
Material parchment

Decoration
Plain blue initials.

Provenance

Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872), MS. 25088.
Bibliography
Bodleian Library Record, 2, no. 28, Feb. 1948, p. 260

Shelfmark MS. Top. Essex b. 5 (R)
Summary Catalogue no. Not in SC (late accession): no description available
Summary of contents Waltham Abbey court roll.
Language Latin
Origin English
Date 1356
Material parchment
Bibliography
Notable Accessions: Guide to an exhibition held in 1958, Oxford: Bodleian Library, 1958, no. 14

Shelfmark MS. Top. gen. c. 62
Summary Catalogue no. Not in SC (late accession): description unpublished, only available in Library
Summary of contents Cartulary of Sir John de Norwich (d. 1362), relating to properties in Norfolk and Suffolk.
Language Latin, Norman French
Origin English
Date 14th century, c. 1353 (fols. 6-49), with later additions
Material parchment

Provenance

Thomas Martin of Palgrave, his sale, Lynne, 1772, lot 262 folio; John Ives, his sale, Baker & Leigh, 5 March 1777 lot 474; bought by Gustavus Brander; his sale, Sotheby's 13 Feb. 1790, lot 1158; bought by Craven Ord, his sale 27 June 1829, lot 559; Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872), MS. 3796; Sotheby's 11 Nov. 1946, lot 130
Bibliography
A. G. Watson, Catalogue of dated and datable manuscripts c. 435-1600 in Oxford libraries, Oxford 1984, I, no. 708 (fols. 6-49), II, pl. 196 (fol. 12r)

Shelfmark MS. Top. gen. d. 20 (R)
Summary Catalogue no. Not in SC (late accession): description unpublished, only available in library
Summary of contents Compotus roll of the manors of Isabella de Forz in Southern England.
Language Latin
Origin English
Date 1267-1268
Material parchment

Provenance

Inscribed in ink '7', 18th century (?); inscribed in pencil with sale lot no (?): '375', 19th century; Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872), MS. 14009, with this number on one of his characteristic printed labels, his sale, 11 Nov. 1946, lot 118.
Bibliography
Notable Accessions: Guide to an exhibition held in 1958, Oxford: Bodleian Library, 1958, no. 10

Shelfmark MS. Top. Glouc. d. 2
Summary Catalogue no. Not in SC (late accession): description unpublished, only available in Library
Summary of contents Founder's and benefactors' book of Tewkesbury abbey.
Language English
Origin English, Tewkesbury
Date 16th century, beginning
Material parchment

Decoration
Good miniatures, arms. Copies of an earlier manuscript (?). (P&A iii. 1177, pl. CVIII)

Provenance

'Johannes E[wis]ham hunc librum fecit fieri'; Sir 'Edward Grevell' of Milcote (d. 1559); Robert, Lord Spencer, of Wormleighton; given to Mary, Baroness le Despencer; John, 17th Earl of Westmorland (bookplate); bequeathed by C. H. Bickerton Hudson, 1938.
Bibliography
Bodleian Library Record, 1, no. 1, Oct. 1939, pp. 14-15
Summary catalogue of post-medieval western manuscripts, no. 54301

Shelfmark MS. Top. Kent d. 3
Summary Catalogue no. Not in SC (late accession): description unpublished, only available in Library
Summary of contents Cartulary of St. Laurence's Hospital, Canterbury.
Language Latin, English
Origin English, Canterbury
Date 14th century, late
Material parchment

Decoration
Plain red initials.

Provenance

W. Shaw Mason, his sale, Sotheby's 27 Nov. 1830, part of lot 1094; Duke of Newcastle, Sotheby's 15 Feb. 1938, lot 1143; bought from Quaritch, 1938.
Bibliography
Davis, G. R. C., Medieval cartularies of Great Britain: a short catalogue, London: Longmans Green, 1958, no. 210

Shelfmark MS. Top. Surrey d. 4 (R)
Summary Catalogue no. Not in SC (late accession): description unpublished, only available in Library
Summary of contents Two compotus rolls relating to Westminster Abbey.
Language Latin
Origin English
Date 1332-1333, 1349-1350
Material parchment

Provenance

Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872), MS. 30057; bought from Quaritch, 1932.

Shelfmark MS. Top. Yorks. c. 72
Summary Catalogue no. Not in SC (late accession): description unpublished, only available in Library
Summary of contents Cartulary of Drax Priory, with records of endowments in Yorkshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire.
Language Latin, English
Origin English
Date soon after 1350
Material parchment
Bibliography
Bodleian Library Record, 2, no. 27, Aug. 1948, p. 227


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