University of Wales, Lampeter: Post-medieval Manuscripts

Scope and Content

The collection includes the log book of HMS Elizabeth, 1759-61, which contains an eyewitness account of a battle between the French and English fleets; a French volume containing a revolutionary attack on the papacy written by Simon Barjone and dating from ca. 1792; 'A Table of the Evidence of the Authority and Perfection of the Canon of Scripture', which includes chapters and verses of the New Testament; an eighteenth century copy of the statutes of Hereford Cathedral; an eighteenth century volume of miscellaneous extracts and letters, mainly from Mr Wise, Oxford; 'A History of the Inquisition, It's Original and Establishment, It's laws and proceedings, Also A Particular History of the Inquisition of Venice, To Which is Added Memoirs of the Inquisition of Portugal and Goa' by Mr Dellon; 'Explicationes Homericae', collated with the life of Homer published by Barnes; hermogenes epitome of the treatise on rhetoric; three volumes of eighteenth century legal reports with an index; text in Hebrew of the Psalms from the 51st to the 100th; an eighteenth century transcript taken from British Library Harleian MS 6250 of George Owen's 'The First Book of the Description of Pembrokeshire in General'; Thomas Manton, 'On the Blessed and Glorious Persons in the Divine Nature'; 'Carmina Wiccamica', a volume of Wickhamist songs; 'Leggatts Delightful Companion', a volume inscribed by W Burnett and containing various musical pieces; 'The Assembly of Scotch Reformation', a comic play attributed to Archibald Pitcairne and corrected and enlarged by the author; an eighteenth century Egyptian Quran in it's original binding; two eighteenth century volumes of miscellaneous letters and pieces mainly concerning the classics; a commonplace book, dated 1853-[ca. 1915], containing mainly poetry, notes on books and newspaper cuttings, along with church statistics for Edinburgh, January 1854; a nineteenth century copy of a compendium on the Hebrew language by Nicholas Burton; a nineteenth century volume entitled 'Sa Jarha Malaya', which relates the history of Malaya; a volume, dated 1811-14, of grammatical observations on and interpretations of the New Testament by J van Voorst; lectures on St. Luke's gospel, copied by Philip van Svinden; a nineteenth century historical Persian text with a word list and English equivalents; an analysis of the book of Job, and of the Psalms, with practical reflections, extracted in 1799 from Brown's Self-Interpreting Bible; lectures on the several branches of the preaching office, by Philip Doddridge; preaching lectures by John Conder, dated 1733; a translation to English by Sir William Lower of Hieromii Drexellus, The Forerunner of Eternity, with a letter of dedication from Lower to Elizabeth Coriton, late wife of William Coriton of Newton, Cornwall; a proctor's guide to legal processes in ecclesiastical courts, with the proctor's oath inserted; a copy of an ancient Irish poem on the Dispersion and Settling of the Nations by [Dionysius O Fealty], translated from the MS of Ballymote and Leacan in the library of the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, along with notes on the Bible and the Irish language; a nineteenth century volume of hymn tunes inscribed by Robert Ruthland; a volume dated 1822 containing the names and numbers of communicants at Llywell church and the text of Welsh hymns, and a Buddhist text inscribed on palm leaves and preliminarily identified as a nissaya, which includes what appear to be offerings made to Buddhist monks, and is possibly one of the texts of the Vinaya.

Administrative / Biographical History

Post-medieval manuscripts collected by the University of Wales, Lampeter.

Conditions Governing Access

The papers may be consulted through application to Peter Hopkins, Curator, Roderic Bowen Library and Archives, Trinity Saint David, Ceredigion, SA48 7ED. Tel 01570 424716, email:

Acquisition Information

Most of the manuscripts were donated to the library of the University of Wales, Lampeter by Bishop Thomas Burgess and Thomas Phillips, amongst their large donations of printed books. The copy of the ancient Irish poem on the Dispersion and Settling of the Nations by [Dionysius O Fealty] was donated by Rev David Evans Jones, vicar of Llanafan and former student, in 1838.


Description compiled by Rhian Phillips, Archives Hub project archivist.

Other Finding Aids

See the Provisional Handlist to the Post-Medieval Manuscripts at the Founders' Library, University of Wales, Lampeter.