Miscellany notebook on theological subjects, in Latin, with some English notes in the hand of Anthony Higgin

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      GB 206 Ripon Cathedral MS 18
  • Dates of Creation
      16th century
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  • Physical Description
      1 vol. (214 ff.) Written largely in a somewhat earlier hand, but with considerable additions by Dean Higgin. Partly paged in contemporary ink; modern pencil foliation. The following folios are blank: 3-8, 14, 24, 37-8, 52, 60, 91, 101, 121-2, 127-8, 130-2, 156-7, 164, 199, 213-4. Damp-stained. Blind-stamped leather binding. There are small fragments of parchment manuscript in the binding.

Scope and Content

Contains notes on theological subjects, Biblical commentary, etc., including the following headings: (1) f.19: "Lingua peregrina in Ecclesia non utenda"; (2) f.23: "De lingua vulgari"; (3) f.36: "Descensus Christi ad inferos"; (4) f.39: "In Missa non esse sacrificium propitiatorum pro vivis & mortuis"; (5) f.49: "Imagines & simulacres in Ecclesia non habenda", Ambrosius etc. "contra imagines"; (6) f.58: "Nullum esse purgatorium"; (7) f.67: "Stapletoni apologia"; (8) f.71: "Papa non esse Ecclesiae caput"; (9) f.76: "An patres nostri damnati sunt"; (10) f.85: "Coenam Domini non ad altare sed ad mensam celebrandum esse"; (11) f.115: "Contra Papae primatum"; (12) f.118: "De libero arbitrio" (with references to Scripture and Early Fathers); (13) f.140: "Exhortatio pro subsidio"; (14) ff.168-70: Apparently an address to the churches by a Commission from the King (Henry VIII?) requiring them to deliver up statutes, charters, register books, etc.

Administrative / Biographical History

Anthony Higgin (d. 1624), the son of Thomas Higgin of Manchester, was educated at St John's College, Cambridge, where he became a Fellow in 1574. In 1583 he became rector of Kirk Deighton near Wetherby in Yorkshire, and in 1608 he was appointed Dean of Ripon an appointment he held until his death. He collected books extensively throughout his life, and left them to the church at Ripon when he died. The surviving part of his collection, which numbers about 1250 volumes, is now preserved in Leeds University Library as part of Ripon Cathedral Library.

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Acquisition Information

From the library of Anthony Higgin, Dean of Ripon


Mainly in Latin, but with some English

Additional Information

Formerly shelved as XVIII.F.26