St John’s College H.33

Ecclesiastical documents. English. 19th century.

Scrap book containing press cuttings, mostly pasted in, some loose. Some are accompanied by brief manuscript annotations in pencil and ink, usually giving the date or source of the cutting, or an indication of its subject matter. Cuttings are taken from a range of publications including both national and provincial press, and vary from tiny snippets to whole (sometimes folded) pages. The extracts appear to date from 1805 to 1872. Those which predate 1864 are pasted in; later extracts are simply tucked in loose. The hand changes at the same date.


428 x 290 mm.  217 numbered leaves, folios 100-217 are unused. Large folio volume, quarter leather bound with boards covered with marbled paper. A torn label on the front board reads:

Ecclesiastical documents.

Commenced by James Heywood Markland of Bath with additional Letters and Papers on Ritualism, Scottish Episcopacy, the Athanasian Creed, Eastern Church, Abp Parker’s Consecration and [] Validity of English Orders.


Tucked into the front of the volume are two loose A-Z indexes of contents. The first appears to be a fairly sparse subject index, mostly in pencil, on blue paper crudely cut with inked tabs. The second is fuller and gives page references, written largely in ink, on white lined paper, with letter tabs in black and red ink.The references relate only to the original pasted extracts, not the later loose additions. A loose bundle of documents at the back of the volume, tied with pink legal tape, is labelled “Documents and letters on the Athanasian Creed” in the same hand as the front label. The extracts in this bundle all date from 1872.


Provenance: James Heywood Markland (1788–1864) was an English solicitor and antiquary. ‘J.H. Markland Esq’ is written at the head of a cutting from the Times dating from 1820 at folio 72. Markland’s library was sold at Sothebys at two separate sales on 11 June 1859 and 29 May 1865, though it is unknown whether this volume was included in either sale. A pencil note on the flyleaf reads ‘Sotheby, Wilkinson & Co 12/11/1873’. This was the date of the sale of the collection of William Boyne Esq. F.S.A.  William Boyne (1815-1893) was a collector, writer, and antiquarian, who presumably acquired Markland’s volume and collected the later extracts, none of which postdates this sale date. The volume was given to the Library by Professor J.E.B. Mayor in 1880.