Recipe Book

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 Eng MS 1167
  • Dates of Creation
      17th-18th centuries
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      190 x 145 mm. 1 volume (120 folios); Binding: contemporary calf binding.

Scope and Content

Recipe book containing domestic recipes (folios 1-54) and medical recipes (folios 54v-120). According to the annotations below, the volume belonged to Susan or Susannah Oxenden (d. 1669), whose family was associated with Wingham in Kent, and it later passed into the hands of the Brathwaite family of Warcop in Westmorland. Inscribed on the front fly-leaves:

Administrative / Biographical History

According to Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage, 53rd edition (1891), Susan or Susannah Oxenden (d. 1669) was the daughter of Sir Henry Oxenden (1614-86), first baronet, of Wingham in Kent. She married Sir Richard Booth (1626-80), barrister and judge, Chief Justice of Ireland. According to Joseph Nicholson and Richard Burn, The History and Antiquities of the Counties of Westmorland and Cumberland (1777), their daughter Elizabeth (b. 1664), married Richard Brathwaite of Warcop, Westmorland.

Conditions Governing Access

The manuscript is available for consultation by any accredited reader.

Acquisition Information

Presented to the John Rylands Library by James Barlow Macalpine (1882-1960), urologist, of Grasmere, Westmorland, in December 1953.


Description compiled by Jo Humpleby, project archivist.

Other Finding Aids

Catalogued in the Hand-List of the Collection of English Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library, 1952-1970 (English MS 1167).

Geographical Names