St John's College MS N.21 (James 525)

Notes relating to Lady Margaret Beaufort and her family. English, Latin and some French, c.1750.


'Collections relating to the Lady Margaret and her family v. II.' For Lady Margaret Beaufort (1443-1509), foundress of St John's College, see ODNB. The author of these notes is unknown. The text contains references to works by John Leland, Thomas Fuller, Rapin de Thoyras, John Le Neve, Thomas Rymer, Edward Hall, William Camden, G.F. Biondi, William Dugdale, Robert Cotton, Richard Newcourt, Roger Ascham, Gilbert Burnet, John Weever, and Henry Chauncy. The author also refers to the Historiae Croylandensis continuatio, to Cotton Titus E IX and X, to Lady Margaret's household accounts 'in the archives of the church of Westminster', and to manuscripts in St John's College ('there is a MS history of St John's college, which belongs to the college' p.113) and in Clare Hall. A short, summary list of contents appears a few pages in from the end of the volume.

Manuscript extra information

250 x 200mm. 221 pages + many blanks. Paper. A single legible hand throughout. Binding: 18th-century quarter binding of leather and marbled paper over boards; edges sprinkled red.

Given by Robert Forsyth Scott (1849-1933), Master of St John's, in 1915 (book label inside front board).