Lydyat Manuscripts

Scope and Content

Manuscripts of Thomas Lydyat, including calendars, mathematical notes and treatises, chronological papers, and letters.

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Lydyat (d 1646), of New College, Oxford, was chronographer to Henry Prince of Wales.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Acquisition Information

Dr William Coward, whose mother was a sister of Dr Lamphire, presented the manuscripts to the Bodleian in 1695.


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. 27557-72.

Custodial History

When Lydyat died in 1646 his manuscripts passed to Dr John Lamphire, who died in 1688.