Frederick Brittain: Collections on John Alcock

Scope and Content

The collection contains material relating to Bishop Alcock, with a few supplementary papers on other subjects.

1. Manuscript transcripts of the works of John Alcock, with lists of his works, 1 envelope.

2. Correspondence, notes and other papers on John Alcock, 1 file.

3. Notes on John Alcock, 1 volume.

4. Correspondence and notes regarding the Penguin companion to literature, 1 envelope.

5. Papers regarding Cambridge University Comedy Club, 1 envelope.

6. 'The lyfe of Saynt Radegunde, written in English verse about the year 1500, and edited, with an introduction, from the copy in the library of Jesus College, Cambridge, by Frederick Brittain', 128 manuscript pages.

7. Notes on old French works, 1 volume.

Administrative / Biographical History

Frederick Brittain (1893-1969) was educated at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Barnet, and Jesus College, Cambridge. He was Fellow and Keeper of the Records of Jesus College, and held the college posts of librarian, 1930-1945, steward, 1945-1954, and praelector, 1954-1964. Brittain was lecturer in medieval Latin literature at Cambridge, 1930-1961, and the editor of the Cambridge review, 1942-1948. He died on 15 March 1969.

John Alcock (1430-1500) was born and educated in Beverley. He was ordained deacon and priest in 1449, and became Rector of St Margaret's, Fish Street, London, 1461, and prebendary of St Paul's and Salisbury, 1468. He was appointed Bishop of Rochester, 1472, Worcester, 1476, and Ely, 1486. Alcock founded Jesus College, Cambridge, in 1497. He died at Wisbech Castle, Cambridgeshire, on 1 October 1500.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by Mrs F. Brittain, 1974.

Other Finding Aids


Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Frederick Brittain in Who was who, vol. VI, 1961-1970 (London, 1979), pp. 135-136, and the entries on John Alcock in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds, Dictionary of national biography, vol. I (London, 1908), pp. 236-237, and John Venn and J.A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses, part I, vol. I (Cambridge University Press, 1922), p. 12.


The lyfe of Saynt Radegunde, edited by Frederick Brittain, was published in 1926.