Oxford Barbers' Company Records

Scope and Content

Records of the Company of Barbers, including charters, order books, certificates of admission, quarterage and fine books, account books, rolls of apprentices, bonds, and alphabetical lists of matriculations in the University of Oxford.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Company of Barbers of the University of Oxford is first noted in the 14th century, but its first charter is an Act of Convocation dated 10 November 1675, and their first Orders are dated 18 November 1675. All members were matriculated members of the University of Oxford. Its government was entrusted to a Master and Wardens. The Company was dissolved in 1859.

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 records were purchased 13 June 1890 from S.P. Spiers.


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. VI, nos. 31110-27.

Custodial History

At the dissolution of the Company in 1859 the records probably remained in the possession of the last Master, R.J. Spiers.