Student notebook of James Garnet, 1605

Scope and Content

The 17th-century student notes are written in a clear but very compressed hand. They are inLatin, but several jottings in the book indicate that English was the writer's native language. Thenotes have been bound in a fine gold-tooled leather binding.

The curriculum covered by the student includes grammar, mathematics (algebra, arithmetic andlogic), geometry, physics and astronomy. Diagrammes are given in, for instance, the sections ongeometry and mensuration.

A poem in English is given on f. 40, entitled 'Marye Magdalens complaint at Christs death'.

Administrative / Biographical History

The writer of the student notes is identified on the first page as James Garnet, but the locationof his studies is not known. Notes in a modern hand on the inside of the front cover suggest that hewas a Jesuit student, which would indicate a Continental university, and make a connection with theexecution in 1606 of Henry Garnet, provincial of the Jesuits, for his part in the Fawkes Gunpowderplot. Two years later T.L.S. Garnet, another Jesuit, met the same fate. Although no documentaryevidence linking James Garnet with these men is known, the fact that Henry Garnet was the son ofBrian Garnet, master of Nottingham School, provides a possible explanation for the Nottinghamlocation of the volume.


No archival arrangement has been necessary.

Access Information

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers.

LANGUAGE: English, Latin

Other Finding Aids

  • This description is the only finding aid available for the notebook. Copyright on 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 notebook 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 this can be difficult and the responsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the person wishing to publish.

Custodial History

The notebook was given to the University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts in 1959 byPaul Granger, in memory of Professor F.S. Granger.

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