Commonplace book, compiled largely by Mr Charles Deynes of Roydon near Diss in Norfolk

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  • Reference
      GB 206 Brotherton Collection MS Lt 114
  • Dates of Creation
      ca. 1670-1744
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  • Physical Description
      1 vol. (122 ff.), manuscript. Written in several seventeenth and eighteenth-century hands from both ends of the volume, meeting after f.101v. Bound in plain vellum with the number 29 written in ink on the upper part of the spine. Several parts of leaves have been inserted into the volume, so that it is not clear which leaves were original. The volume has not yet been systematically foliated. On f.1r there is the note 'This book once belong'd to the [honor?] Mr Charles Deynes of Roydon near Disse in Norf. and is a great part of it of his own handwriting'.

Scope and Content

Contains 10 miscellaneous seventeenth-century English poems, some anonymous, others by Ben Jonson, William Strode, and Abraham Cowley, written in a near contemporary hand; also, extensive historical and geographical notes, partly abbreviated, written in several different hands, but apparently referring to most counties of England and Wales from the southwest northwards, and, from the other end of the volume, to certain aspects of world geography, including parts of Europe, Asia, and Scotland.

Administrative / Biographical History

Charles Deynes is not otherwise known.

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Acquisition Information

Purchased from Roy Davids Ltd, catalogue 6, item 32, in November 1999.


In English.

Other Finding Aids

The poems are indexed in the BCMSV database

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