Gough Nichols Manuscripts

Scope and Content

Topographical manuscripts collected by John Gough Nichols, chiefly connected with Richard Gough.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Gough Nichols, born 22 May 1806, was the third of a line of literary printers (being eldest son of John Bowyer Nichols, 1779-1863, who was eldest son of John Nichols, 1745-1826): his second name was due to the circumstance that Richard Gough, the antiquary, was his godfather. He was one of the founders of the Camden Society, and joint editor of the Gentleman's Magazine 1828-51, and sole editor 1851-56, as well as author of many antiquarian books. He died 14 November 1873. 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

The manuscripts were purchased in 1874.


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. V, nos. 25510-25561.

Related Material

See also Nichols Papers (MSS. Eng. lett. b. 11-17; c. 354-71) and Papers of the Nichols Family, Printers and Publishers (MSS. Eng. b. 2071-7, c. 6165-6).

Geographical Names