Prideaux Papers

Scope and Content

The collection comprises: a volume of notes on medieval ecclesiastical law compiled by Humphrey Prideaux (1648-1724), dean of Norwich (English MS 1152); and a diary of a continental journey, apparently written by Sir Edmund Prideaux (c.1646-1720), 4th Baronet, although the authorship has also been attributed to Richard Bellings-Arundell of Lanherne (English MS 1153).

Access Information

The collection is available for consultation by any accredited reader.

Acquisition Information

Purchased by the John Rylands Library at auction at Sotheby's in April 1950 (Lot 191).


Description compiled by Jo Humpleby, project archivist, with reference to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography article on Humphrey Prideaux.

Other Finding Aids

Catalogued in the Hand-List of the Collection of English Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library, 1937-1951 (English MSS 1152-1153).