Heraldic Manuscripts

Scope and Content

Heraldic manuscripts, consisting of:  

  • A 17th-century transcript of 'The manner of proceedings in a case of arms betweene John Lord Louell and Thomas Lord Morleys before the Constable and Marshall. Anno 1395 [recte 1385]', with notes by Barnard and a pedigree compiled by Sir Charles G. Young
  • Translation of Nicholas Upton, 'De studio militari', made by John Blount 'studens in the vniuersite of Oxforthe' at the command of William Blount, 4th Baron Mountjoy. Copied, and illustrated with emblazoned coats of arms, by two mid-16th-century scribes, and annotated from the Latin original and paginated in a third 16th-century hand
  • Transcripts, mainly in Barnard's hand, of English works on heraldry, with glossaries
  • Draft of 'A discourse upon cadency' by James Cotes, 18th century, incomplete at end, with an index in a different hand
  • 'The general armory of the Netherlands', compiled from manuscripts in the British Museum by William Dickinson for Thomas Culleton, Esq., 19th century

Administrative / Biographical History

Francis Pierrepont Barnard (1854-1931) was an archaeologist, historian and numismatist. Details are given in Who Was Who.

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.bodley.ox.ac.uk).

Acquisition Information

The manuscripts were bequeathed to the Library, with two medieval manuscripts, MSS. Lat. misc. e. 86 and Lat. th. e. 19, by F.P. Barnard in 1931.


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. 43611-15.