Sir William Trumbull: Papers

Scope and Content

MS.Add.8863: Trumbull Family, miscellaneous papers, c. 1620-1700.

Papers collected by Sir William Trumbull and his father William Trumbull (d. 1668), relating to Trumbull's time at Oxford University and his embassy to France; legal treatises; a letter of Emperor Ferdinand II; rhetorical exercises; a document about effects of the revocation of the Edict of Nantes; and French and Spanish historical works, some in translation.

MS.Add.8864: Spanish political history.

'Alteracion de Diste Tercio de Manuel de Vega en el ao de 1591', c. 1588-1612, a justification for a soldiers' mutiny, with copies in several hands of other material relating to Spanish history, including a list of Spanish forts and garrisons in Flanders, from a muster roll of 1611; a brief description of the Spanish Armada; and a list of the 12 state councils, c. 1620.

MS.Add.8865: George Gifford, sermons, 1663-1664.

Notebook labelled 'Manuscript book on the Bible', containing detailed notes of sermons preached by Gifford.

MS.Add.8866: Sir William Trumbull, legal notebook, testamentary law, mid-to-late 17th century.

Civil law opinions, reports and extracts, in English and Latin, in Doctors' Commons, with the opinions of named doctors; and case notes, relating to questions of probate, legacies and administrations. There is an index to questions and cases.

MS.Add.8867: Sir William Trumbull, index to civil law, late 17th century.

'Index materiarum in ius civile', a subject index of civil law writings and cases, in Latin, with lists of authorities and classmarks of an unidentified library.

MS.Add.8868: Spanish maritime laws and customs, 17th century.

An English translation or summary of a probably late medieval Spanish treatise, 'The good orders and customes of the sea', and also of a late 14th century Aragonese treatise, 'The manner of choosing consulls and judges in matters of appeale every yeare'. There is a detailed but unfinished list of contents.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir William Trumbull (1639-1716), diplomat and statesman; Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, 1657-1670; Ambassador to France, 1685-1686.

George Gifford (c. 1624-1686), Rector of St Dunstan's-in-the-East, London, 1656 and 1661-1686.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Purchased 1991.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Summary Catalogue. A full catalogue of MS.Add.8863 is available in the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Custodial History

The papers were originally the property of the Marquess of Downshire.

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