Papers of W.L. Bowles

Scope and Content

Papers of W.L. Bowles, including poems by Bowles and poems by various authors collected by Bowles.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Lisle Bowles (1762-1850) was Canon of Salisbury, a poet and antiquary. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

Acquisition Information

The papers were given to the Library by the National Library of Scotland from the estate of Professor W.L. Renwick in 1973.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 46373-4.