Miscellany notebook, compiled by Anthony Higgin and others

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      GB 206 Ripon Cathedral MS 21
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  • Language of Material
      English Latin Greek
  • Physical Description
      1 vol. (246 ff.) The following folios are blank: 47, 52, 60, 143, 146, 209-222, 228-238, 241-5. Ff.1-2, 144, 151, 164, and 242 are torn. Consists of several different sections, some with contemporary foliation, bound together. Damaged by damp. Rebound in boards ca.1820. Various scribblings throughout.

Scope and Content

Contains: (1) f.2: a list of books, including "Greeke lexicon", works of Cicero, Aristotle, "Virgilij poemata"; (2) ff.9-36: miscellaneous theological notes, apparently from lectures given in various Cambridge colleges (f.26 is headed "Mr Cha: of Christ colledge" etc., f.29 is dated 1576); (3) f.46: list of names of peers, headed "Jurors" (possibly at the trial of Thomas Howard duke of Norfolk for high treason in 1572); (4) f.69v: list of names "dyer, Lowe, Lange, Robson...etc."; (5) f.79: inscribed "James Lansforde 157?"; (6) ff.80-123: notes on orations of Cicero; (7) ff.124-136: extracts from Aristotle; (8) ff.152-4: notes on treatment of offenders, headed "The prisoners diet", "Other practises of searche to find out matters besides the rack", "The sequestration of goods" etc.; (9) ff.160-1: Pro Cn. Plancio; (10) ff.167-226: notes on transubstantiation and the sacrifice of the Mass, including f.190, "In concione per J. Knox habita in Edenborgh AD. 1565", and f.223, "Grownde of the reall presence" (begins "King henry left the grownds of Catholick religion..."); (11) ff.239-40: E Vordmullero, de concionatoris officio

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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From the library of Anthony Higgin, Dean of Ripon


In English and Latin with a little Greek

Additional Information

Formerly shelved as XVIII.F.29