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Summary Catalogue no.: 2351

William Wey; England (?Edington), 1462 × 1476


William Wey, Itineraries

Texts on pilgrimage written and/or compiled by Wey, including accounts of his pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela in 1456, and to Jerusalem in 1457–8 and again in 1462. Printed from this the unique MS. in The itineraries of William Wey, [ed. B. Bandinel?], Roxburghe Club, 75 (1857).

(fol. 1r)

List of contents, in two later hands, dividing the text into fifteen sections

The itineraries of William Wey, pp. xxxi-xxxii.

Language(s): Latin
(fol. 2r-v)
Rubric: Thes be goodys of master William Wey ys yefte to the chapel made to the lyknes of \the/ sepulcvr of owre lorde
Rubric: Other goodys longyng to the pulkyr

The itineraries of William Wey, pp. xxviii

Fols. 1 and 2 were originally bound in the reverse of their current position.

Language(s): Middle English
(fols. 3r-4v)
Rubric: Chavnges of money fro englond to Rome and Venyse

Item 1 in the table of contents; account of monetary conversion rates and advice about money. The itineraries of William Wey, pp. 2–3.

Language(s): Middle English
(fols. 4v-7v)
Rubric: A prouysyon

Item 2; recommendations and practical advice for pilgrims. The itineraries of William Wey, pp. 4–7.

Language(s): Middle English
(fols. 8r-13v, 16r)
Rubric: In this boke conteynyd ys the way to Jerusalem and the holy placys in that sam contre

Item 3; verses on the Holy Places (DIMEV 1477). The itineraries of William Wey, pp. 8–19.

Language(s): Middle English
(fols. 14r-16v)
Rubric: (first item) Numerus dierum expectacionis peregrinorum in Jerusalem.

Item 4; mnemonics on the Holy Places. The itineraries of William Wey, pp. 19–25.

Language(s): Latin
(fols. 17r-34v)
Rubric: Materie moventes transire ad Terram Sanctam
Incipit: Continetur in libello isto decem materie moventes devotos Christianos visitare Sanctam Terram

Item 5; list of ten reasons for pilgrimage, including itinerary and notable places and relics on the journey. The itineraries of William Wey, pp. 25–55.

Language(s): Latin
(fols. 35r-49r)

Items 6 and 7; account of Wey's 1458 Pilgrimage to Jerusalem. No rubric. The itineraries of William Wey, pp. 56–79.

Language(s): Latin
(fols. 49v-50v)
Rubric: Iste sunt civitates et ville ad magnam civitatem Rome
Rubric: Iste sunt civitates et ville a Venesia ad Calisiam

Item 8; table of towns and distances en route. The itineraries of William Wey, pp. 79–81.

Language(s): Latin
(fols. 51r-64r)
Rubric: Itinerarium secundum Magistri Willelmi Wey ad terram sanctam

Item 9; account of Wey's 1462 pilgrimage to Jerusalem. The itineraries of William Wey, pp. 82–102.

Language(s): Latin
(fols. 64r-76r)

Item 10; tables of English-Greek, Greek-Latin, and Latin-Hebrew vocabulary. No rubric. The itineraries of William Wey, pp. 102–116.

Language(s): Greek (in Latin script), Middle English, Latin, Hebrew (Latin script)
(fols. 76r-83v)

Item 11 ('Item de ciuitate Venecie et eorum dominiis et aliis locis a Venecia ad Ierusalem et aliis terris, et de reliquiis per viam et de dubiis motis et solutis'); miscellaneous section. The itineraries of William Wey, pp. 117–28.

Language(s): Latin
(fols. 83v-86r)
Rubric: In tabula ista sequenti continentur omnia in mappa terre sancte

Item 12; list of places on Wey's map of the Holy Land. The itineraries of William Wey, pp. 128–32.

Language(s): Latin
(fols. 86r-89r)
Rubric: Nomina ciuitatum opidum moncium vallium marium per litteras alphabeti in mappa mea de terra sancta

Alphabetical table of places on Wey's map. The itineraries of William Wey, pp. 132–8.

Language(s): Latin
(fols. 89r-90v)
Rubric: Distancie locorum in terra sancta

Item 13; list of distances between places in the Holy Land. The itineraries of William Wey, pp. 138–40.

Language(s): Latin
(fol. 91r-v)
Rubric: Nomina greca & locucio greca

Table of Greek-Latin vocabulary. The itineraries of William Wey, pp. 140–2.

Language(s): Greek (in Latin script), Latin
(fols. 92r-98r)
Rubric: Indulgencie in cura Romana

Item 14, list of indulgences in Rome and other notes on Roman churches. The itineraries of William Wey, pp. 142–52.

Language(s): Latin
(fols. 98r-101v)
Rubric: Itinerarium peregrinacionis magistri Wyllemi Wey sacre theologie baccularii quondum socii collegii regalis beatissime marie etonie ad sanctum Iacobum in Ispannya

Item 15, account of Wey's 1456 pilgrimage to Compostela. The itineraries of William Wey, pp. 153–61.

Language(s): Latin with a little Middle English
(fol. 101v)
Rubric: Cantus paruulorum hyspanie saltancium ante peregrinaciones pro blankys & splintris

Song with music

Language(s): Spanish
(fols. 102r-105r)

Miscellaneous texts relating to Compostella

Rubric: (fol. 102r) Hec subscripta audiui in Hispannia
Rubric: (fol. 103v) Hec sunt Reliquiie que habunter in dictis locis
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii (medieval parchment) + 103, foliated 1–105.
Dimensions (leaf): 238 × 175 mm.
Dimensions (written): 155 × 105–10 mm.


a(2)(fols. 1–2), 1(8)(fols. 3–10), 2(6)(3 and 4 misbound as 1 and 6)(fols. 11–16), 3–9(8)(fols. 17–72), 10(2)(fols. 73–74), 11–12(8)(fols. 75–90), 13(8)(1 or 2 canc., + 1 leaf (fol. 96) glued onto fol. 97)(fols. 91–98), 14(8)(7 fragmentary, 8 is a pastedown)(fols. 99-). Fragmentary remains of a leaf signatures, apparently running from a to n, in the usual form.


1 col. (except in the tables on fols. 49v-50v, 67–76v, 86–89); c. 30 lines, but variable. Frame-ruled with pricks in all four margins.

Musical Notation:

Square notation on staves of four lines (fol. 101v).


Blue initials with penwork flourishing in red, fols. 17r-34r, 35r-49r, 76r-78r, 92r.

Rubrics and running headings in red, fols. 17r-34r.

Initials touched in red throughout, except fols. 102–105.


Traces on the front and back pastedowns of an earlier binding on four thongs fastened into two holes.


Origin: 1462 × 1476 ; English, Edington (Wilts.) (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Owned by Wey. Written after his third pilgrimage, 1462, and before his death in 1476, perhaps after his entry to the Bonhommes of Edington around 1467.

Given by him to the house of Bonhommes, Edington, Wiltshire: ‘ex dono magistri Willelmi Wey quondam socij collegij regalis beatissime marie Etone iuxta Windesoram huic sancto monasterio de Edyngton qui videlicet magister obijt Anno domini .Mo.cccxlxxvj xxx die mensis nouembris’ (fol. 105v).

The book 'of materys of Jerusalem, the second folio To every bayok', kept in the chapel of the sepulchre at Edington (fol. 2v).

Apparently bound and decorated at the costs of Edington: 'pro ligatura huius libri et 47tem literis iij s.' (back pastedown, in the same hand as items on fols. 1–2).

John Edwardes’, late 16th cent. (back pastedown)

‘Ex dono ma(gist)ri Tempest 1624’ (front pastedown)

Presumably acquired by the Bodleian that year, but not referenced until after the Civil War.

Record Sources

Description by Mary Boyle (2015), revised by Matthew Holford (2018).


Last Substantive Revision

2019-06-12: Improvements to markup.