Robert Creighton: Official Letters and Speeches

Scope and Content

Copies of official letters and speeches of 1627-1637, written in a mid-17th century hand, 24 folios. The recipients are not identified. The series is imperfect at the beginning and probably also at the end; those items remaining being numbered 15 to 59.

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert Creighton (1593-1672) was born at Dunkeld, Perthshire, and educated at Westminster. He entered Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1613 (M.A., 1621), and became Professor of Greek (1625-1639) and Public Orator (1627-1639) at the university. He was appointed Prebendary of Lincoln in 1631, and Dean of St Burians, Cornwall, in 1637. Creighton was Chaplain to Charles I, and Dean of Wells. He was appointed Bishop of Bath and Wells in 1670. He died on 21 November 1672.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Purchased from J.J. Green, 1892.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Creighton in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds, Dictionary of national biography, Vol. V (London, 1908), pp. 69-70.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.

Custodial History

There are entries in the volume providing indications of past ownership: (fo. 19) 'Robert Wynne, rector of Cerig y Dridion' [1660-1696]; (fo. 23) 'Mr Robert Wynne Mr Wynne's Book (in a different hand from the preceding entry, perhaps dating from c. 1700); (fo. 1) 'Jo. Edws de Rhywles Book' (c. 1700), 'W. Wynne 1753'; (fos 21 and 20v, written around the margins) 'Fair and beautifull kind and oblidging affable and good natur'd Mrs Mary Lloyd&who dare gainsay this I dare maintain it' (early 18th century); (fo. 22) four lines of Welsh verse, 'Ellis Morgans' (18th century).

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