Miscellany notebook on theological subjects, including summaries of controversial works, compiled possibly by William Birch

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 206 Ripon Cathedral MS 23
  • Dates of Creation
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      English Latin Greek
  • Physical Description
      1 vol. (207 ff.) Modern pencil foliation. Ff.6-7, 136-141, 180-99, 201-2, and 204-5 are blank. Ff.178-9 are in the hand of Anthony Higgin; the rest of the volume is written in an earlier hand, possibly that of his uncle, William Birch. Leather binding, with tie. There are parchment manuscript fragments containing Latin text in the binding.

Scope and Content

Contains: (1) ff.1-5: various jottings, including some proverbial sayings in Hebrew on ff.3-4r; (2) ff.8-106: headed "Bucerus" and apparently a summary of his works in Latin, dated 1551 on f.106v; (3) f.109: De ecclesiae bonis et ministeriis; (4) f.110: a few Hebrew proverbs, including Proverbs chapter 14, verse 33; (5) f.112v: De magistratu et legibus; (6) 115v: Scripsit D.Martinus Bucerus...de eucharistia et coena Domini; (7) f.118v onwards: on original sin, justification, good works, baptism, Lord's supper, confession, etc.; (8) f.134v: De restauratione collegi; (9) f.135: De administratione schola; (10) f.135v: De coelibatu sacerdotis; (11) ff.142-176r: theological writings by Iacobus Pylkynton dated 1551; (12) f.177: "e libro p. ioh. Oporinum 1557 edito de fide collegi"; (13) f.178: "Nicolas Hemigius in Psal. 25 ... ex Georg. Maior"

Administrative / Biographical History

William Birch, uncle of Anthony Higgin, Dean of Ripon (1608-24), was Warden of Manchester College in 1560

Access Information

Access is unrestricted

Acquisition Information

From the library of Anthony Higgin, Dean of Ripon (1608-1624)


Mainly in Latin, but with a little English, Greek, and Hebrew

Additional Information

Formerly shelved as XVIII.F.31