Works of J.S. Knowles

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Eng. misc. c. 517-25
  • Dates of Creation
      19th century
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      9 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Manuscript and printed works of J.S. Knowles, consisting of:  

  • Transcript of articles contributed to the Glasgow Free Press by Knowles, 1823-4
  • The Western luminary or Glasgow literary and scientific gazette, vol. 1, nos. 1-26 (Jan.-June 1824), edited by Knowles, with several articles by him
  • Tales and novelettes (privately printed, London, 1874), with a manuscript of 'Therese', n.d., and Fortescue. A novel (privately printed, London, 1846)
  • Volume containing The rock of Rome; or the arch heresy (London, 1849), with a manuscript of the work, n.d., and The gospel attributed to Matthew is the record of the whole original apostlehood (London, 1855), with manuscript drafts, n.d.
  • The idol demolished by its own priest (Edinburgh & London, 1851)
  • Two volumes containing thirty unpublished sermons by Knowles, 1853, 1854, n.d.
  • Transcripts of the thirty sermons, 1873
  • Drafts of three lectures on the apostolic succession and on infant baptism, n.d.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Sheridan Knowles (1784-1862) was a dramatist. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

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 was bought from Frank Hammond in 1972.


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

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 44131-9.