Burton Manuscripts

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Top. Yorks. a. 1, b. 3-17, d. 4-7, e. 7-29
  • Dates of Creation
      17th-18th century
  • Language of Material
      English, and Latin.
  • Physical Description
      43 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Collections of John Burton relating to Yorkshire, with indexes, usually of persons and of places, in each volume. The collections include pedigrees of Yorkshire families, notes on Yorkshire manors, and papers relating to heraldry and to ceremonies conducted by heralds.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Burton (1710-1771) was an antiquary. 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

The collection was bought by the Library at Sotheby's in 1937.


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. II, nos. 55246-88.

Custodial History

The collection was bought from Burton by William Constable, whose bookplate is in many of the volumes, and sold at Sotheby's in 1889.

Geographical Names