George Treherne: Law Reading on Statutes Relating to Forests

Scope and Content

MS, paper, in a neat secretary hand, 76pp. The MS is bound in two vellum leaves from a 13th century MS of Genesis (Genesis 24 vv.36-48, 25 v.34 - 26 v.10), glossed with commentary from Walafrid Strabo, Glossa Ordinaria.

[1] Incomplete charge to jurors or justices of the peace.

[2] Incomplete copy of Lord Stafford's translation of George Treherne's reading on statutes relating to forests, made in c.1600, incomplete.

There is also an accompanying letter from R. Flower, British Museum Department of Manuscripts, to Lord Powis, 16 June 1931, providing a description of the MS and describing 6 copies held in the British Museum, including Harley MSS. 72&1126; Add. MSS. 25254&36114; Hargrave MS. 50; and Stowe MS. 414.

Administrative / Biographical History

George Treherne delivered the law reading on statutes relating to forests, in French, at Gray's Inn, c.1520. It was translated into English by Henry, Lord Stafford of Gray's Inn in 1554 or 1555.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Purchased at Sotheby's, 25 October 1996.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Summary Catalogue.

Custodial History

The reading was previously the property of the Earl of Powis.