Rawlinson Manuscripts

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This material is held atBodleian Library, University of Oxford
Reference Number(s)GB 161 Rawlinson Manuscripts
Dates of Creation8th-18th century
Language of Material English, Latin, French, Modern Greek (1453-), Ancient Greek (to 1453), Dutch, and Italian.
Physical Description 5122 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Rawlinson's manuscripts, consisting of:

  • Rawlinson A: English history
  • Rawlinson B: English history
  • Rawlinson C: History, theology
  • Rawlinson D: Miscellaneous
  • Rawlinson E: Sermons
  • Rawlinson F: Poetry
  • Rawlinson G: Classics
  • Rawlinson H: Letters
  • Rawlinson I: Mainly theology
  • Rawlinson J: Academica
  • Rawlinson K: Hearne & Smith - English history
  • Rawlinson L: Liturgical
  • Rawlinson M: Statutes
  • Rawlinson N: Numismatics
  • Rawlinson O: Oriental (not described below)
  • Rawlinson P: Miscellaneous, Essex

The shelfmarks of this collection are as follows: 4o Rawl. 39, 41-4, 118, 145, 201-2, 204, 245, 263, 323, 335, 550, 582; 8o Rawl. 57, 135, 196, 280, 300, 401, 426, 429, 451, 470, 510, 570, 576, 578, 582, 584-5, 588, 594-5, 614, 621, 629, 645-6, 662, 681, 1047, 1052, 1064, 1079, 1093, 1095-7, 1102-3, 1105-8; MSS. Hearne's diaries 1-192; Rawl. A. 1-499; Rawl. B. 2-36, B. 38-366, B. 368-520; Rawl. C. 1-412, C. 414-18, C. 420-978, C. 980-9; Rawl. D. 1-366, D. 368-401, D. 403-943, D. 945-1037, D. 1039-1374, D. 1376-417, D. 1419-81, D. 1483-6, D. 1488-1511, D. 1514-6; Rawl. E. 1-206, E. 208-19, E. 221-61; Rawl. Essex 1-30; Rawl. G. 2-199; Rawl. I. 1-8, I. 10-11; Rawl. J. fol. 1-33, Rawl. J. 4o 1-38, Rawl. J 8o 1-18; Rawl. letters 1-138; Rawl. liturg. b. 1, c. 1, c. 3, d. 1-6, e. 1, e. 2-13, e. 15-25, e. 27-9, e. 31-4, e. 36-47, f. 1-13, f. 16-39, g. 1-11; Rawl. N. 1-14; Rawl. poet. 1-242, 244-6; Rawl. Q. b. 1-5, Rawl. Q. c. 1-12, Rawl. Q. d. 1-12, 14-19, Rawl. Q. e. 1-33, Rawl. Q. f. 1-6, Rawl. Q. g. 1; Rawl. statutes 2-19, 21-57, 59-65; Smith 1-86, 88-125, 127-34, 136, 138-140, 142-3.

The letters A, B, etc. are used as the headings of the categories in 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). A, B, C, D, E, G, I, J are parts of shelfmarks, but the collections under F, H, K, L, M, and P have a variety of shelfmarks (details are given below).

Administrative / Biographical History

Richard Rawlinson was born on 3 January 1690 and died on 6 April 1755. His father, Sir Thomas Rawlinson, was a wine merchant, and lord mayor of London in 1706. After being educated at St. Paul's school and Eton, Rawlinson matriculated at St. John's college, Oxford, as a gentleman commoner on 9 March 1708, and proceeded BA in 1711, MA in 1713, receiving the honorary degree of DCL in 1719. He was FRS and FSA, and a Bishop among the Nonjurors (1728). In 1719-26 he travelled in Holland, France, Germany and Italy, gradually amassing a foreign, classical and English library, as well as coins; and few book sales between 1715 and 1755 took place in London without contributing both manuscripts and printed books to his collection. When his elder brother Thomas, who was also a great book collector, died in 1726, Rawlinson catalogued his manuscripts, and at the sale in 1734 secured a large proportion of them, including Oriental volumes. In 1750 Rawlinson founded an Anglo-Saxon Professorship at Oxford. Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Conditions Governing Access

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/dept/scwmss/).

Acquisition Information

Rawlinson gave many printed books and a few manuscripts to the Library during his lifetime. Finally by his will, besides bequests to Hertford and St. John's Colleges and to the Ashmolean Museum, he bequeathed to the University all his manuscripts, medals, coins, matrixes and impressions of seals, prints, paintings and copperplates; and all such printed books as were on vellum or silk, or were not duplicates of books already in the Library. His musical manuscripts were left to the Music School, and only came into the Librarian's custody in 1885.

Other Finding Aid

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. 10884-16087.

See below for detailed catalogues.

Subjects

Classical literature
Liturgies
Numismatics
Poetry
Sermons
Statutes
Theology

Personal Names

Rawlinson Richard 1690-1755 Antiquary and Nonjuror

Geographical Names

Essex (England)
Great Britain History

Cataloguing Info

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Rawlinson A: English History

Reference Number(s)GB 161 MSS. Rawl. A
Dates of Creation12th-18th century
Language of Material English, Latin, Dutch, and French.
Physical Description 488 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Manuscripts relating to English history, including:

  • State Papers of John Thurloe, secretary of state to Oliver and Richard Cromwell, 1638-60 (73 volumes)
  • Papers relating to Parliament, 17th-18th century
  • Papers of Samuel Pepys, secretary to the Admiralty, 17th century (26 volumes)
  • Papers relating to the Navy, 16th-17th century

The manuscripts are mainly English, Latin, Dutch and French, but also include some other European languages. The shelfmarks of this section are: MSS. Rawl. A. 1-365, A. 367-70, A. 372-3, A. 375-406, A. 408-14, A. 416-18, A. 420-6, A. 429-38, A. 440-1, A. 443-5, A. 447-99.

Other Finding Aid

Full descriptions, are in William D. Macray, Catalogi codicum manuscritorum Bibliothecae Bodleianae partis quintae fasciculus primus viri munificentissimi Ricardi Rawlinson, J.C.D., codicum classes duas priores, ad rem historicam praecipue et topographicam spectantes, complectens (Oxford, 1862).

Brief one-line descriptions, with shelfmarks and short titles, are in 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. 10884-11373.

Bibliography

T. Birch ed., A Collection of the State Papers of John Thurloe, Esq. Secretary to the Council of State and the two Protectors Oliver and Richard Cromwell (London, 1742).

Personal Names

Pepys Samuel 1633-1703 MP Diarist Public Servant Antiquary
Thurloe John 1616-1668 Secretary to the Council of State

Corporate Names

Great Britain Royal Navy

Geographical Names

Great Britain Politics and government 17th century
Great Britain Politics and government 18th century

Rawlinson B: English History

Reference Number(s)GB 161 MSS. Rawl. B
Dates of Creation12th-18th century
Language of Material English, Latin, and French.
Physical Description 479 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Manuscripts relating to English history, including:

  • Papers relating to heraldry
  • English pedigrees, with notes of arms, in twelve closely written volumes; with indices prefixed to the first seven. Compiled by Thomas Wilkinson, vicar of Waltham St. Lawrence, Berkshire, 17th century
  • Collections by Rawlinson for a history of the members of Eton College (4 volumes), 18th century
  • Papers relating to Dorset, 16th-17th century, including an assessment for the hearth-tax throughout the county of Dorset, due at Michaelmas, 1664
  • Papers relating to Durham, 17th-18th century
  • Papers relating to London, 14th-18th century, including papers relating to St. Paul's Cathedral
  • Collection of papers relating to various proceedings in ecclesiastical courts, particulary the Consistory Court of London, in seven volumes, 17th-18th century
  • Papers relating to Oxfordshire, 17th-18th century
  • Papers relating to Sussex, 16th-17th century
  • Papers relating to Ireland, 14th-18th century

The manuscripts are mainly English, Latin and French, but also include some other European languages. The shelfmarks of this section are: MSS. Rawl. B. 2-36, B. 38-148, B. 150-8, B. 160-7, B. 169-75, B. 177-9, B. 186-9, B. 191-6, B. 199-200, B. 202, B. 207-12, B. 214-220, B. 222-4, B. 226-36, B. 238-9, B. 241-5, B. 248-253, B. 255-7, B. 260-2, B. 265-71, B. 273-5, B. 277-329, B. 331-66, B. 368-98, B. 400-32, B. 434-44, B. 446-57, B. 459-70, B. 472-520.

Other Finding Aid

Full descriptions, are in William D. Macray, Catalogi codicum manuscritorum Bibliothecae Bodleianae partis quintae fasciculus primus viri munificentissimi Ricardi Rawlinson, J.C.D., codicum classes duas priores, ad rem historicam praecipue et topographicam spectantes, complectens (Oxford, 1862).

Brief one-line descriptions, with shelfmarks and short titles, are in 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. 11374-11867.

Subjects

Ecclesiastical courts
Genealogy
Hearth-money
Heraldry

Personal Names

Wilkinson Thomas fl 1600-1699 Anglican clergyman

Corporate Names

Church of England Diocese of London Consistory Court
Eton College
St Paul's Cathedral

Geographical Names

Dorset (England)
Durham (England: County)
Ireland
London (England)
Oxfordshire (England)
Sussex (England)

Rawlinson C: History, Theology

Reference Number(s)GB 161 MSS. Rawl. C
Dates of Creation11th-18th century
Language of Material English, Latin, and French.
Physical Description 952 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

A miscellaneous collection of volumes, chiefly on the subjects of law, history and theology. The volumes include:

  • Papers of Henry de Bracton relating to the law and constitution of England, 13th-14th century
  • Papers of John Robinson, Bishop of Bristol, and afterwards of London, chiefly relating to the negotiations for the Treaty of Utrecht, 18th century
  • Manuscripts of John Lewis, Minister of Margate, mainly relating to the rise of Anabaptism in England, 18th century
  • Statutes of England, 14th century
  • Theological Adversaria of [Peter Gunning, DD, Bishop of Chichester], in thirteen volumes (chiefly in Latin), 17th century
  • A vindication of the validity of Nonconformist ordinations, in reply to the Tentamen Novum and Tentamen Novum Continuatum published by Thomas Gipps, rector of Bury, Lancashire, in 1698-9, in his controversy with James Owen of Shrewsbury. Apparently a copy prepared for the press, 18th century

The manuscripts are mainly English, Latin and French, but also include some other European languages. The shelfmarks of this section are: MSS. Rawl. C. 1-21, C. 23-66, C. 68-145, C. 147-62, C. 164-85, C. 187-227, C. 229-33, C. 235-58, C. 260-75, C. 278-91, C. 293-313, C. 315-30, C. 332-38, C. 340-412, C. 414-18, C. 420-33, C. 435-61, C. 463-5, C. 467-71, C. 473-505, C. 507-37, C. 539-56, C. 558-648, C. 650-4, C. 656-757, C. 759-71, C. 773-80, C. 782-848, C. 852-62, C. 865-75, C. 877-918, C. 920-9, C. 931-78, C. 980-9.

Other Finding Aid

Full descriptions, are in William D. Macray, Catalogi codicum manuscritorum Bibliothecae Bodleianae partis quintae fasciculus secundus, viri munificentissimi Ricardi Rawlinson, J.C.D., codicum classem tertiam, in qua libri theologici atque miscellanei, complectens; accedit in uniuscujusque classis codicum contenta index locupletissimus (Oxford, 1878).

Brief one-line descriptions, with shelfmarks and short titles, are in 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. 11868-12819.

Subjects

Anabaptists
Constitutions
Dissenters
Law
Treaty of Utrecht

Personal Names

Bracton Henry de c 1210-1268 Judge Chancellor of Exeter Cathedral
Gunning Peter 1614-1684 Bishop of Ely
Lewis John c 1700-1799 Minister of Margate
Robinson John 1650-1723 Bishop of London

Rawlinson D: Miscellaneous

Reference Number(s)GB 161 MSS. Rawl. D
Dates of Creation11th-18th century
Language of Material English, Latin, and French.
Physical Description 1407 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

This collection, at first known as 'Rawl. Misc.', cannot be described briefly, but contains many foreign and many Nonjurors' papers, as well as the greater part of the Rawlinson manuscripts found in 1861 in cupboards and under a staircase. The manuscripts include:

  • Copies of the Travels of Sir John Mandeville, 15th century
  • 'An essay concerning humane understanding; in four books', by John Locke, 1692
  • Four volumes of transcripts of papers relating to Swedish affairs, 18th century
  • Six volumes of collections relating to French affairs from 1694 to 1702, written in the form of a consecutive chronicle; containing extracts of news from journals, and copies of political verses, satires, etc., and of political pamphlets
  • Flemish treaties, 1607-9
  • Italian historical tracts, 17th century
  • Three volumes containing the proceedings of the Synods of the French Protestant Church in the 16th and 17th centuries, and one volume of tracts and letters relating to the French Protestants
  • Exchequer accounts, 17th century
  • Eleven volumes of the pay-books of James Nedam, surveyor of all the King's manors within the realm of England, for the years 1532-1543
  • Four volumes of miscellaneous papers of Denis Granville, or Grenville, Dean of Durham, 17th-18th century
  • Diary of Richard Roach, BD, of St. John's College, Oxford, 21 December 1706-8 June 1730 (6 volumes)
  • Diaries kept by Dr Rawlinson during his travels, especially in Italy, in the years 1720-6, in company with his brother Constantine in the earlier part. Originally in ten volumes, but of these v and vi are missing, containing the year 1723
  • Papers of John Fitzwilliams, 17th century
  • Warrants against swearers, 17th-18th century

The manuscripts are mainly English, Latin and French, but also include some other European languages. The shelfmarks of this section are: MSS. Rawl. D. 1-4, D. 6-8, D. 10-112, D. 114-22, D. 124-40, D. 142-79, D. 181-91, D. 195-220, D. 223, D. 225-42, D. 244-52, D. 254-9, D. 262, D. 264-6, D. 268-73, D. 275-9, D. 281-8, D. 290-314, D. 320, D. 327, D. 329-31, D. 333-47, D. 349, D. 351-7, D. 359-65, D. 368-9, D. 371-3, D. 376, D. 379-83, D. 385-95, D. 403-44, D. 446-653, D. 655-82, D. 684-96, D. 698-730, D. 733-96, D. 799, D. 801-36, D. 838-890, D. 892-938, D. 940-2, D. 945, D. 947-69, D. 972-8, D. 980-1001, D. 1003-16, D. 1018-19, D. 1022-8, D. 1030-7, D. 1039-58, D. 1060-70, D. 1073-109, D. 1111-43, D. 1145-63, D. 1167, D. 1178-87, D. 1189-221, D. 1224-266, D. 1269-89, D. 1291-374, D. 1376, D. 1378-417, D. 1419-81, D. 1483-6, D. 1488-1511.

Other Finding Aid

Full descriptions, are in William D. Macray, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Bodleianae partis quintae fasciculus tertius, viri munificentissimi Ricardi Rawlinson, I.C.D., codicum classis quartae partem priorem (libros sc. miscellaneos octagentos et sexaginta) complectens (Oxford, 1893), and Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Bodleianae partis quintae fasciculus quartus, viri munificentissimi Ricardi Rawlinson, I.C.D., codicum classis quartae partem alteram (libros sc. miscellaneos sexcentos et quinquaginta sex) complectens (Oxford, 1898).

Brief one-line descriptions, with shelfmarks and short titles, are in 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. 12820-14234.

Subjects

Nonjurors
Protestantism France
Travel

Personal Names

Fitzwilliams John fl 1600-1699 Nonjuror
Grenville Denis 1637-1703 Jacobite Archbishop of York
Locke John 1632-1704 Philosopher
Mandeville Sir John d 1372 travel writer
Nedam James fl 1532-1543 Royal Surveyor of Works
Roach Richard 1662-1730 Anglican clergyman

Corporate Names

French Protestant Church
Great Britain Exchequer

Geographical Names

Flanders (Belgium)
France
Italy Description and travel
Italy History
Sweden
Genre/Form
Diaries 18th century