W. N. Clarke Manuscripts

Scope and Content

Manuscripts by Clarke relating to Berkshire. The collection includes pedigrees, copies of records, notes and extracts.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Nelson Clarke (1799-1855), whose father lived at Ardington in Berkshire, matriculated from Christ Church, Oxford, 23 May 1817, aged 18 (DCL 1847). He edited a Parochial topography of the hundred of Wanting, with other miscellaneous records relating to the county of Berks (Oxford, 1824), and A collection of letters addressed by prelates and individuals of high rank in Scotland ... to Sancroft, archbishop of Canterbury (Edinburgh, 1848).

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

H.O. Coxe presented the collection to the Bodleian in 1868.


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. V, nos. 25492-25509.

Custodial History

Clarke gave the collection to his cousin, H.O. Coxe, Bodley's Librarian, in 1842.


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