Gurney Miscellanea I

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The volume contains transcripts by an 'E.A.' (who might possibly be Elizabeth Addington) of the following works:

Folios 274v-292 are blank. William Roper (1495x8-1578) was the biographer of Sir Thomas More; Sir Nicholas Thockmorton (1515/16-1571) was a diplomat and Member of Parliament, charged with treason in 1554 and later acquitted; Richard Pike, or Peeke (fl. 1620-1658), soldier and adventurer, killed three Spaniards in hand-to-hand combat while in captivity in Jerez; Richard Farnham and John Bull were both self-proclaimed prophets who were imprisoned in 1636 and died of the plague in 1642.

Conditions Governing Access

The manuscript is available for consultation by any accredited reader.

Acquisition Information

Purchased by the John Rylands Library, through the London booksellers Maggs Bros, at the Gurney sale held at Sotheby's on 31 March 1936 (Lot 159).


Description compiled by Henry Sullivan and Jo Humpleby, project archivists.

Other Finding Aids

Custodial History

Former owners: Rev. Cox Macro ('No. 98'); Gurney family of Norfolk.

Related Material

The John Rylands Library purchased other manuscripts at the Gurney sale of 31 March 1936: see English MS 874, Minute Book and Documents Illustrative of the Dedham (Essex) Classis, 1582-89 (ref.: GB 133 Eng MS 874), and English MS 880, Gurney Miscellanea II (ref.: GB 133 Eng MS 880).