Manuscript legal texts, undated, c.1676-1702

Scope and Content

This manuscript legal book, hard bound in vellum, contains over 300 pages of manuscript text. Thevolume has two parts, the first reading from the front cover and the second, with volume inverted,reading from the back cover. One section is in English and contains transcripts of deeds, apparentlyprovided as a formulary for the correct drafting of legal documents. Most of these deeds relate topeople resident in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire and can be dated to the reign of William III(1689-1702). In some cases only initials are given.

The second section of the text provides Latin transcripts of proceedings of a court baron in themanor of Brassington, Derbyshire between 1676 and 1689. At the end of this section, in a court hand,are copies of case records, again apparently for formulary purposes with details of names and placescommonly given by initials.

Administrative / Biographical History

The texts form part of a larger volume, from which the bulk of the pages have been cut out. Whatis left, in two distinct sections, reads from both ends of the volume. The compilers of the notesare not recorded. Their work seems to have been done in Derbyshire, England, which is the locationfor many of the identified documents. Content and handwriting suggest that the volume was compiledduring the reign of William III, probably by somebody engaged in the study or practice of law.


No archival arrangement has been necessary.

Access Information

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers.

LANGUAGE: Latin, English

Other Finding Aids

This description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright in thedescription belongs to The University of Nottingham.

Conditions Governing Use

REPROGRAPHIC: Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposesonly, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

COPYRIGHT: Permission to make published use of the volume must be sought in advance in writingfrom the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections (email The Department will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but the responsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the reader.

Custodial History

Details of the volume's provenance or its acquisition by the University of Nottingham'sDepartment of Manuscripts and Special Collections are not certain. A partially removed modern labelon the spine bears the number '835', possibly from a sale room listing. The volume seems to havebeen part of the University library by 1948.

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