Rigaud Manuscripts

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Rigaud 69-89
  • Dates of Creation
      16th-19th century
  • Language of Material
      English, Latin, and Ancient Greek (to 1453).
  • Physical Description
      21 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Manuscripts of S.P. Rigaud, including transcripts, summaries of lectures, and papers relating to Edmond Halley.

Administrative / Biographical History

Stephen Peter Rigaud (1774-1839), astronomer, was Savilian Professor of Astronomy at Oxford University, 1810-1839, and also Radcliffe Observer from 1827. He came of a French Protestant family, and was the son of Stephen Rigaud, Observer at Kew. He was educated at Richmond and Exeter College, Oxford (matriculated 15 April 1791, BA 1797, MA 1799, Fellow of the College, 1794-1810). He was especially interested in the historical side of science, and is best known for his editions of Miscellaneous works and correspondence of the Rev. James Bradley (Oxford, 1832) and of Correspondence of Scientific Men of the Seventeenth Century, a posthumous work (Oxford, 1841). Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

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 transferred to the Library from the Radcliffe Observatory in 1935, except for MS. Rigaud 89, which was given to the Library in 1935.


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. II, nos. 52036-56.

Related Material

See also Papers of Stephen Peter Rigaud (MSS. Eng. misc. c. 807-8, e. 1366-8) and Savile Collection (MSS. Rigaud 3-33, 33A, 34-51, 53-7, 60-8).


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