Estate papers of the Pope family

Scope and Content

Estate papers of the Pope family, including:

  • a court book for the Oxfordshire manors of Dame Elizabeth Pope, kept by Simon Parrett, steward, 1559-60
  • rent accounts for the Oxfordshire manors of the Pope family, kept by Anthony Litchfield, 1629
  • rental of the same Oxfordshire manors, c. 1630.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Pope family were Earls of Downe, and owned land in Oxfordshire.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Bought by the Library, Sotheby's, 29 Oct. 1975, lot 5.


Collection level description created by Susan Thomas, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. II, nos. 55053-5.

Related Material

See also two Oxfordshire manor court books held by Lady Elizabeth Paulet and William Pope (MSS. North adds. c. 7, c. 2); the pedigree of the Pope family of Wroxton, Oxfordshire (MS. Pedigree Rolls 32); and a rental of the Pope family, 1661 (MS. North b. 12 fols. 326-39).