Near Eastern manuscripts collected by Christopher, 1st Baron Hatton

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 GB 3105 MSS. Hatton Or. 25, 32-5, 64-5, 70, 75, 78, 95
  • Dates of Creation
      15th-17th century
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      Arabic, Hebrew, Syriac, and Persian.
  • Physical Description
      11 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Near Eastern manuscripts, in Arabic, Syriac, Hebrew and Persian, of Christopher Hatton, 15th-17th century.

Administrative / Biographical History

Christopher Hatton, 1st Baron Hatton (1605-70) was the eldest surviving son of Sir Christopher Hatton, the Elizabethan courtier. His strong royalist sympathies led him to retire to France in 1648, whence he returned after the Restoration. At various times he occupied minor political posts, but never rose to high office. He was a close friend of Clarendon and of a number of antiquaries, more especially Roger Dodsworth. Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Hatton's oriental manuscripts are part of the Hatton collection which was bought by the Bodleian from Robert Scot, who purchased part of the library of Christopher Hatton. The collection came into the Library in September 1671.


Several of the manuscripts were at one time allocated shelfmarks in the 'MSS. Bodley Or.' series.

Collection level description created by Susan Thomas, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

J. UriBibliothecae Bodleianae codicum manuscriptorum Orientalium catalogus pars prima (Oxford 1787). See the Arabic Christian and Arabic Mohammedan sections.

A. Neubauer and A.E. Cowley Catalogue of the Hebrew manuscripts in the Bodleian library, and in the College Libraries of Oxford, 2 vols., Catalogi Codd. MSS. Bibliothecae Bodleianae pars xii, (Oxford, 1886-1906). More recently, a 'Supplement of Addenda and Corrigenda', which has to be used in conjunction with Neubauer's Catalogue, was published (Oxford 1994), vol. 1.

Robert Payne Smith Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Bodleianae, pars vi: codices Syriacos, Carshunicos, Mendaeos, complectens (Oxford, 1864).

E. Sachau, H. Eth and A.F.L. Beeston Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindstn, and Pusht manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, 3 vols. (Oxford, 1889-1953), vols. 1-2.

Related Material

The greater part of the Hatton manuscripts is held by the Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts (MSS. Hatton 1-6, 9-24, 26, 28-31, 36-8, 40-5, 47-51, 53-9, 61-3, 66-7, 69, 71-4, 76, 76, 77, 81-90, 92-4, 96-7, 99-102, 105-9, 111-16).