Project for the Government of Cambridge University

Scope and Content

'A projecte conteyninge the State, Order, and Manner of Government of the University of CAMBRIDGE as it is to be seen in the Three&Fortieth Yeare Of our most gracious Soveraigne Queene ELIZABETH', transcribed by Michael Lort from an original said to have been in the possession of Robert Cecil, Earl of Salisbury, and dedicated to Thomas Pelham-Holles, Duke of Newcastle, and Chancellor of the University, 14 folios. The versos are blank. Inside the front cover is the bookplate of F.W. Cosins.

Administrative / Biographical History

Cambridge University's history can be dated back to the early thirteenth century, when scholars congregated in the city for the purpose of study. The first college, Peterhouse, was established in 1284.

Michael Lort (1725-1790), antiquary, entered Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1743, and became a Senior Fellow in 1768. He was Regius Professor of Greek at Cambridge, 1759-1771, and was made a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1755, and a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1766. He became a Prebendary of St Paul's in 1780. Lort died on 5 November 1790.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.en

Acquisition Information

Bequeathed by Samuel Sandars, 1894.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Michael Lort in Sidney Lee, ed. Dictionary of national biography, Vol. XII (London, 1909), pp. 140-142.

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The 'Project' was published in Cambridge, 1769, edited by Michael Lort.

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