Barlow Manuscripts

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Barlow 1-55
  • Dates of Creation
      10th-17th century
  • Language of Material
      Latin, English, Middle English (1100-1500), Italian, Ancient Greek (to 1453), and Russian.
  • Physical Description
      55 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Miscellaneous manuscripts collected by Thomas Barlow. The manuscripts, chiefly medieval, include Latin, English, Middle English, Italian, Greek and Russian.

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Barlow, a Westmorland man, was born in 1607. He was educated at the Queen's College, whence he took his BA degree in 1630, becoming MA and fellow in 1633. In 1653 he was elected Bodley's Librarian, and four years later became provost of his college. He resigned the librarianship in 1660 to become Lady Margaret Professor, and became Bishop of Lincoln in 1675. He died in 1691.

Access Information

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

Acquisition Information

The manuscripts were bequeathed to the Library by Barlow in 1691.


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. II, nos. 6413-6490.