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MS. Lat. hist. d. 3

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


Legal precedents

Extracts from the plea rolls arranged by topics. The cases largely relate to Lancashire and Cheshire but also Staffs., Salop. and Wilts. There are extracts (fol.53, 55, 59v, 63, 64v, 67, 68, 168, 265, 269) from the rolls for the Palatinate of Lancaster of cases before William Gascoigne and others for 6–11 and 13 Hen.IV and (fol.200–2) from rolls for the Palatinate of Chester for 14 Hen.IV and I Hen.V. The originals are not in the P.R.O. according to Lists and Indexes, IV.

Language(s): Latin and French
(fol. 206v)
Incipit: Sit fons viuus Prests wyll have wyvys
Language(s): Latin and English
(fol. 214v)
Incipit: Qui librum cepit per collum pendere debit He that stealeth this bocke shalbe hanged by the necke
Language(s): Latin and English

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii (paper) + 333 + ii (paper)
Dimensions (leaf): 265 × 180 mm.
Dimensions (written): 180–5 × 120 mm.


quires 1–7 missing, 8(8), 9(8), 10(6), 11(8)–13(8), 14(8) (wants 7 and 8), 15(8), 16(8), 17(12), 18(10), 19(10), 20 missing, 21(8), 22 missing, 23(12), 24(8), 25(12), 26(8)–29(8), 30(8) (wants 7 and 8), 31(10) (6 canc.), 32(8), 33(8), 34(8) (4–6 canc.), 35(8) (wants 6), 36(6) (4 and 5 canc.), 37(8) 38(8) (7 canc.), 39(4), 40(8)–43(8), 44(8) (5 and 6 canc.), 45(8) (5 and 6 canc.), 46 missing, 47(8), 48(12) (10–12 canc.), 49(8) (5 and 8 canc.), 50(8)–53(8), catchwords the quires numbered at the beginning in a contemporary hand. There is also a slightly earlier numeration of some of the quires


20–30 long lines, within frame-ruling


Blind-tooled brown suede over pasteboards; rebacked


Origin: c. 1405–1415 ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

'J. Hales de ... pill', 15th century (fol. 8)

'Leonard Wight', 16th century (fols. 274v, 294v)

'Si hic liber perdatur ...', followed by 'Johanni Man restituat[ur]' (fol. 333v)

John Man, of Canterbury: 'This is Mr John Mans bocke dwellyng | in Caunterbury' (fol. 333v), 'Liber Johannis Man' Cantuar.' (fols. 1r, 333v)

'This volume belonged to Dr. Nasmith the editor of Tanner's Notitia Monastica' [1787] (fol. ir)

The Bodleian typescript description refers to the crest of Cogger or Ellesworth (an arm in armour embowed holding in the hand a club) as visible on the spine; it is no longer apparent.

Bought by the Bodleian in 1950.

Record Sources

Typescript description by Bodleian Library staff, revised by Peter Kidd, late 1990s.

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.