Correspondence and papers of Roger Gale

Scope and Content

Three volumes of 'collections relating to the antiquitys of Britain etc' in the hand of Roger Gale, containing copies of his correspondence, 1715-44, and antiquarian discourses. The correspondents include Sir John Clerk, John Horsley, Maurice Johnson and William Stukeley. Each volume has a list of contents and an index. The last volume was completed by Gale's daughter-in-law Catherine; the first and second have occasional annotations by George Allan, who edited many of the letters and discourses for John Nichols, Bibliotheca Topographica Britannica (London: 1780-90), vol. iii.

Administrative / Biographical History

Roger Gale (1672-1744) was an antiquary. See the Dictionary of National Biography for further details.

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

Bought by the Library from Waterfields in 1984.


Collection level description created by Susan Thomas, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

A description is available in the Library, where there is also a card index to unpublished catalogues.

Custodial History

Bookplate of Henry Gale (grandson of Roger); presumably sold when Scruton Hall was demolished in 1953; bookplate of K.K. Wood.


See Mary Clapinson 'Roger Gale, an eighteenth-century antiquary', Bodleian Library Record XII (1986), pp. 106-18.