Sir James Ware: Catalogue of Manuscripts

Scope and Content

'Librorum Manuscriptorum in Bibliotheca Jacobi Waroei Equitis Aurati Catalogus', a catalogue of the manuscripts of James Ware, 14 folios. This is a transcript of the edition printed at Dublin in 1648, made by Alfred Rogers to the order of Henry Bradshaw.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir James Ware (1594-1666), Irish historian, was born in Dublin on 26 November 1594, and attended Trinity College, Dublin (M.A., 1616). He was auditor-general of Ireland from 1632 to around 1649, and served as the member of parliament for Dublin University, 1634-1637 and 1661. He was banished from Dublin by General Michael Jones, the parliamentary governor, in 1649, and lived in London from 1651 to 1660. He returned to Dublin in 1660, and was reinstated as auditor-general. Ware collected Irish manuscripts and published Irish histories and biographies. He died in Dublin on 1 December 1666.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Received from Bernard Quaritch, 1905.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Ware in Sidney Lee, ed., Dictionary of national biography, Vol. XX (London, 1909), pp. 816-817.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.

Custodial History

The volume was originally part of the collection of Henry Bradshaw. It was acquired by Sir William Drake, at whose sale at Sotheby's in 1893 it was purchased by Bernard Quaritch.