Jones Manuscripts

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Jones 1-27, 27, 28-60
  • Dates of Creation
      12th-17th century
  • Language of Material
      Latin, English, Modern Greek (1453-), and Scots.
  • Physical Description
      61 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Manuscripts collected by Jones, including various chronicles and documents relating to British history. The manuscripts are mainly in Latin with some English, Greek and Scots.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Rev. Henry Jones matriculated at Christ Church, Oxford, in 1668, and was Rector of Sunningwell in Berkshire until 1700, when he resigned his position, being a Nonjuror, but he qualified again for the position of Rector in 1706. He died in ca. October 1707. He was a nephew of Bishop John Fell (d 1686), and to him as co-heir came many of the bishop's manuscripts.

Conditions Governing Access

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

Acquisition Information

The collection seems to have arrived at the Bodleian in about January 1708.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. III, nos. 8908-8968.

The illuminated manuscripts in this collection are briefly described in O. Pcht and J.J.G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, 3 vols. (Oxford, 1966-73); with an unpublished supplement containing a concordance of shelfmarks and addenda (1974).

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