A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

MS. Bodl. 692

Summary Catalogue no.: 2508


Notebook of Dr. John Lawerne monk of Worcester, D.D. of Gloucester College, Oxford

Miscellaneous contents including:

Sermons, including one preached before the king at Oxford.

Scholastic exercises and disputations.

Letters and notes relating to Worcester Priory (including a copy of the inscription on the tomb of prior Thomas Ledbury) and Gloucester College.

Language(s): Latin with a little Middle English (fols. 2v, 31v, 87, etc.)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
165 fols.
Dimensions (leaf): 303 × 225 mm.


1 col., variable number of lines, written space usually occupies the whole page, 303 × 225 mm. .


Origin: c. 1442–1449 ; English, Oxford

Provenance and Acquisition

Worcester, Worcestershire, Benedictine cathedral priory of St Mary the Virgin: John Lawerne, monk of Worcester, D. at Gloucester College, Oxford, Elemosinarius at Worcester 1448 and 1455. (fol. 38v) Versus: "... in circuitu ... tumbe m. Th. Ledbury prioris quondam huius loci" (sc. Worcester 1438–44) (MLGB3: evidence from an inscription of ownership by an individual member of a religious house (which may not, however, be evidence for institutional ownership)).

Acquired between 1605 and 1611. (MLGB3)

Entries cover the years c. 1442-c. 1449 while the writer was a student monk at Gloucester College, Oxford.

Probably acquired between 1605 and 1611.

Record Sources

Description adapted (2019) from the following sources, with reference to other published literature cited in the description:
A. G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c.435–1600 in Oxford Libraries (Oxford, 1984), no. 110 [physical description, origin, provenance]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, acquisition]


Last Substantive Revision

2021-12-14: Add provenance information from MLGB3.