Twyne Manuscripts

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Twyne 1-7, 9-25, Twyne-Langbaine 1-6
  • Dates of Creation
      16th-17th century
  • Language of Material
      English, and Latin.
  • Physical Description
      30 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Transcripts, extracts and notes relating to the university and city of Oxford, made by and for Brian Twyne, with some notes by Anthony Wood and William Smith.

Administrative / Biographical History

Brian Twyne (? 1579-1644) was an antiquary. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

The manuscripts were bequeathed by Twyne to the University Archives and transferred to the Bodleian Library in 1921 and 1930.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. II, nos. 55453-82.


The volumes are described in detail by Andrew Clark, The life and times of Anthony Wood, iv (Oxford Historical Society, 30, 1895), 204-18.

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