Tanner Manuscripts

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Sancroft 1-145; Tanner 1-10, 10, 11-56, 57a-b, 58a-b, 59a-b, 60a-b, 61, 62a-b, 63-72, 73a-b, 74-169, 169, 170-225, 225, 226-74, 275a-b, 276-454, 455a-b, 456a-b, 457-63, 464a-e, 465-9, 469, 470-3
  • Dates of Creation
      10th-18th century
  • Language of Material
      Latin, English, Modern Greek (1453-), French, Old English (ca.450-1100), and Hebrew.
  • Physical Description
      635 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

The collection consists of two sections: Tanner's manuscripts and Archbishop Sancroft's manuscripts.

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Tanner was born in 1674, and matriculated at Queen's College, Oxford, 17 December 1689. In 1697 he became Fellow of All Souls. He was Prebendary of Ely, 1713-23, Archdeacon of Norfolk in 1721, and Canon of Christ Church from 3 February 1724. On 23 January 1732 he was made Bishop of St. Asaph. He died in Oxford, 14 December 1735. Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/specialcollections).

Acquisition Information

By his will Tanner's manuscripts passed to the Library, and were received about three months after his death.


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. 9821-10446.