Papers of Robert Lowth, Bishop of London

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Eng. lett. c. 572-4; Eng. misc. c. 816-17, d. 1236; Eng. th. c. 94
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
      English, and Latin.
  • Physical Description
      7 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Papers and correspondence of Robert Lowth, consisting of:  

  • Correspondence of Lowth, 1755-66
  • Correspondence of Lowth and James Merrick, 1761-4
  • Letters to Lowth, with drafts of some letters from him, 1729-85
  • Notes and collations of Hebrew texts, mainly in Lowth's hand
  • Miscellaneous papers, mainly by Lowth
  • Miscellaneous historical and textual notes in English and Latin, some relating to Hebrew texts
  • Documents conferring ecclesiastical appointments on Lowth, 1744-55, and on his son Robert, 1789, with deeds, 1702-94, and a will, 1768, relating to property in the Lowth family

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert Lowth (1710-1787) was Bishop of London. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

The papers were found in the Library in 1965.


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. I, nos. 41550-6.