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

MS. Eng. hist. b. 229

Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession): no full description available


(fols. 1–10)
Inventory of the goods and chattels of Simon Burley in London (including details of goods delivered to others as security for debts)
Rubric: (fol. 1) Simon de Burley ordeina affaire son Inuentorie le viij iour de Nouembre lan | sir Symond auoit sibien a le Meawes come a Baynardes Castell en Loundres les | ...

The heading matches that of the inventory of Burley's goods in National Archives, E 154/1/19 , , as printed by M. Clarke, Fourteenth-Century Studies (Oxford, 1937), 119 n., and the present MS. appears to be a duplicate of that roll. Both rolls are unprinted although an extract, a list of twenty-one books owned by Burley, was published from the TNA document by V. J. Scattergood, 'Two medieval book lists', The Library 5th ser. 23, 237.

Fols. 11–16, 19–30v, 31r-v, 33r are 18th (?)-19th cent. transcripts of the preceding. Fols. 16v-18v, 32r-v blank. Fols. 36r-42, 19th-cent. notes on Simon Burley and the Burley family.

Language(s): Anglo-Norman (later notes in Latin, French and English)

Physical Description

Form: roll_codex
Support: paper
Extent: Roll, cut up and mounted in codex form with later notes. 10 (medieval paper) + 32 (18th-19th cent. paper) leaves, all now mounted on paper, with padding before and after.
Foliation: Modern, in pencil: 1–41


Origin: 14th century ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Formerly bound with other 14th- and 15th-century documents (MSS. Eng. hist. c. 774–5, Ch. Suffolk 1579, Ch. England 19–53) in a collection owned and perhaps assembled by Thomas Martin.

Craven Ord, lot 1014 in his sale, 25 Jan. 1830.

Sir Thomas Phillipps, MS. 4103.

Sotheby's, 26 June 1975; bought.

Record Sources

Preliminary description by Matthew Holford (2017)

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.