Milles Devonshire Manuscripts

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Top. Devon b. 1-7, c. 6, c. 8-17, c. 19, e. 7-8
  • Dates of Creation
      17th-18th century
  • Language of Material
      English, and Latin.
  • Physical Description
      21 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Devonshire manuscripts of Jeremiah Milles, including heraldic collections, pedigrees of Devonshire families, and papers relating to Exeter Cathedral.

Administrative / Biographical History

Jeremiah Milles, antiquary, the son of the vicar of Duloe in Cornwall of the same name, was born in 1714. After education at Eton and Corpus Christi College, Oxford (gentleman-commoner, matric. 1729, BA 1733, MA 1735, BD and DD 1747), he travelled abroad. On his return he took Orders, and after many preferments, became Dean of Exeter in 1762. He was President of the Society of Antiquaries from 1768 until his death on 13 February 1784. Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

The collection was purchased at Sotheby's in 1843 for 90.


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. IV, nos. 22754-22774.

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