Watson Manuscripts

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Top. Cheshire b.1, c. 2, c. 6-7, e. 3, e. 5-7; Top. Gen. e. 5; Top. Lancs. c. 2-4, e. 1; Top. Surrey d. 1; Top. Yorks. c. 2, e. 2, f. 1
  • Dates of Creation
      16th-19th century
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      English, and Latin.
  • Physical Description
      16 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Manuscripts of John Watson, chiefly relating to the history of Cheshire and Lancashire. The collection also contains papers relating to Surrey and Yorkshire.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Watson (1790-1875), Rector of Selham and antiquary, matriculated at Brasenose College, Oxford, 16 May 1809, aged 19, and was afterwards Fellow of the College.

Conditions Governing Access

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/specialcollections).

Acquisition Information

The collection was presented to the Library by Watson's sister, Mrs George Robinson, in 1875.


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

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. V, nos. 25562-25578.