Papers of Roger Whitley

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Eng. hist. c. 710-12, e. 308-14, g. 22-3
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
      English, and French.
  • Physical Description
      13 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Papers of Roger Whitley, mainly in his hand, including notebooks containing information about foreign affairs and a royalist rising; copies of proceedings in Parliament, 1667-77; a diary, 1684-97; and commonplace books, in which Whitley collected material under general headings.

Administrative / Biographical History

Roger Whitley (? 1618-1697) of Peel Hall, Cheshire, was a Royalist, Deputy Postmaster General, and an MP.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

The papers were bought by the Bodleian Library at Sotheby's in 1973.


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. 40046-57.

Custodial History

The papers came into the possession of the Mainwaring family of Over Peover, Cheshire, presumably through Whitley's eldest daughter Elizabeth, who married Sir John Mainwaring (1656-1702). They were among the papers deposited by Sir Harry Mainwaring in the John Rylands Library, Manchester, and listed by R. Fawtier, Handlist of the Mainwaring and Jodrell manuscripts at present in the custody of the John Rylands Library (Manchester, 1923, reprinted, with additions, from The Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, 7 [1922-3]).