Manuscript legal texts, 1619

Scope and Content

This manuscript legal book, soft bound in vellum, contains some 600 pages of manuscript text. Thefirst six folios are in a different hand from the rest of the volume. The main section of the textcomprises notes in Latin, law French and English on legal cases involving a variety of aspects ofthe law. These include aspects of property law (e.g. leases, bargain and sales) and manorial law(e.g. gavelkind, fealty). In each section, references to relevant legislation or precedents areadded in the margins. An index at the back of the volume lists legal subjects and providesdefinitions and folio numbers. The first folio of the volume records the date 1619 at the top.Medieval vellum fragments in Latin, apparently from court records concerning forest jurisdiction,have been used in the binding.

Administrative / Biographical History

At least two hands were involved in the creation of this volume of legal notes, but the identityof the writers is not given. The work seems to have been compiled in England in the early 17thcentury by somebody engaged in the study or practice of law. It seems to have formed part of alibrary and bears the number '44' on its vellum spine.


No archival arrangement has been necessary.

Access Information

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers.

LANGUAGE: Latin, English

Other Finding Aids

This description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright in thedescription belongs to The University of Nottingham.

Conditions Governing Use

REPROGRAPHIC: Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposesonly, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

COPYRIGHT: Permission to make published use of the volume must be sought in advance in writingfrom the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections (email The Department will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but the responsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the reader.

Custodial History

Details of the provenance or acquisition by The University of Nottingham's Department ofManuscripts and Special Collections of this volume are not certain, but it seems to have formed partof the library collections by 1948.