Fonds GB 0210 MSCLUMBER - Clumber manuscripts

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Clumber manuscripts


  • [late 12 cent.]-1698 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

5 volumes.

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Name of creator

Archival history

NLW MSS 14699-700 were lots 1244 and 1243 respectively in the final portion of the Clumber Library Sale at Sotheby's, 15 February 1938; after the sale they were acquired for Cardiff Central Library from Bernard Halliday and accessioned, but the library committee having refused to sanction the purchase, they were subsequently acquired by NLW.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

NLW MS 11610-1: Sotheby's; London; Purchased at auction, lots 1112, 1201; 14-15 February 1938.
NLW MS 11700E: Messrs Maggs Bros Ltd; London; Purchase; March 1938.
NLW MSS 14699-700: Cardiff Central Library; Cardiff; Purchase; 1940?

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Scope and content

Five manuscripts formerly in the Duke of Newcastle's library at Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire, comprising genealogies of North Wales families; texts from the Alexander cycle and the Historia Regum Britanniae of Geoffrey of Monmouth; a transcript of Rice Merrick's 'Morganiae Archaiographia'; and volumes in the hands of John Prise of Brecon and Hereford, grandson of Sir John Prise (1502?-1555), and of Thomas Prise, Wistaston, Herefordshire, probably grandson of the former.

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System of arrangement

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 11610-1, 11700E, 14699-700.

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Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

  • English

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NLW MS 23202B was lot 1144 in the Clumber Library sale, 15 February 1938; it was acquired by NLW in 1993.

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Title based on domicile of former owners.

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Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH


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Dates of creation revision deletion

November 2023.




The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Sotheby & Co., The Clumber Library: Catalogue of the Magnificent Library the Property of the late seventh Duke of Newcastle ... The Fourth and Final Portion (1938).

Archivist's note

Description compiled by Rhys Jones.

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