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MS. Lat. misc. c. 66

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


Summary of Contents: Commonplace book of Humphrey Newton (1466–1536), of Pownall, Cheshire

Language(s): Latin and English

(fols. 1r-75r)
Legal memoranda, copies of deeds and rental, notes on familes in East Cheshire and estate management
(fol. 24r)
Rental of Newton, 14–20 Henry VII
(fol. 49r)
Fitton deeds
(fol. 66r)
Rubric: For to serve a Lord

Printed from this manuscript EETS, o.s. 32, 366–77

Interspersed are many miscellaneous notes, including:

(fol. 8v)
Rubric: To lerne to set a harpe
(fol. 9v)
Rubric: Measurement of the fote of Jesu Christ
(fol. 17v)
Indulgences to be obtained at various churches in England.
(fol. 18r)
Prayer found in a copy of the Miracles of our Lady at Newark
Incipit: Virgo fecunda piissima
(fol. 19v)
Letter of Adam Mottram, precentor of Salisbury to John Pigot (cf. fol. 10r)
(fol. 21r)
Vision in a traunce of John Newton of Congleton , draper and sherman, 1492.
(fol. 26v)
Rubric: Gode proverbes to set in ye border of ye halle
(fol. 31b)
Legal treatise (bifolium)
(fol. 34b)
Forms of grace before and after meals.
(fol. 62v)
Letter of Robert Preston .
(fols. 75r-91r)
Medical treatises

Originally an independent manuscript in a different hand

(fol. 75r)
Commentary on Egidius Corboliensis, De urinis
Incipit: T ye treatise of urine in Þese short manere and ye firste chopitelle
(fol. 83r)
Trotula (partial translation into English: Secreta mulierum)
Incipit: Uhan god ye maker of all thinges in ye firste ordinannce

Different from that in MS. Bodl. 483, fol. 82r; see Monica Green in Scriptorium 51/1 (1997), pp. 86–7.

(fol. 86v)
Incipit: Aurum potabile facies in hunc modum
Incipit: De confectione ducentem [sic] hominem in senectutem
(fol. 87a)
Medical remedies
Incipit: De his que valent ad purgandum
Incipit: For rubynge over a mannes arme
Language(s): Latin and English
(fol. 89r)
Rubric: A regement of dietynge for the mygrem secundum Reyns
Incipit: Take yarowe

and other remedies added by H. Newton.

(fols. 92r-129r)
Verse and other collections of H. Newton

Who has written the following table of contents on fol. 92r: ‘Hij sunt res que continentur in libro|Lamentacio amoris cum litteris eodem et manus palmist'|De exemplis scribendi pro scriptore.|Supplicacio mittendi Regi cum bonis exemplis pertinenciis eidem.|Principium carte|Et res que pertenent ad planetas|Ad faciendum encaustum nigrum rubium veredeum et sequentem dosii coloris|Arestotle qui narret proprietatis existenete [sic] in faciei hominum|Et Proporcio ymaginis undarum.|Ad faciendum omnimodas colores florescendi et omnia nomina librorum que contenentur in bibilia|Accipere cuniculos|Sermo contra iram et blandatores|De regimine principium|Vana fabula que Johannes Ludgate faciebat et in octavo versu vide in speculo tuo et nemo judica.’

(fol. 92v)
Poems, mainly by H. Newton

IMEV, nos. 2281, 735, 4057, 2217, 737, 481, 2760, 768, 1344, 2597, 926, 1727, 2682.

(fol. 95r)
Manus palmiste.
(fols. 96r-101ar, 104v-105v)
Ornamental letters and beginnings of petitions,

copied by H. Newton from the models written on parchment, fols. 112–119.

(fol. 101bv)
Sir John Fortescue (attrib.), Twelve points for purchasers of land to look to
Rubric: Fortescu
Incipit: |Who so will be wise in purchasynge |Considre the poyntis þat byn suynge
Explicit: |& if thou a wise purcheser be |In x yere day thou shalt a gayn the money see
DIMEV 6640
Language(s): Middle English
(fol. 102r)
Treatise on conveyancing
Incipit: Quid est carte? Carte est quoddam foeffamentum
(fol. 122r)
Table of the planets
(fols. 123r, 124v-127r, 128v)
Recipes for making inks and colours
Incipit: If ye will make blak ynke
(fol. 123r)
Extracts on physiognomy
Incipit: Aristotle in a boke yt he calis Secretum secretorum
(fol. 124r)
Rubric: Proportio ymaginis undarum
Incipit: Primo longitudo faciei debet participari
(fol. 127r)
Names of the books of the Bible, in verse
Incipit: 'Genesis, Ex., Le., Nu.
(fols. 128r)
Recipe for cooking rabbit
Incipit: For to take conys
Extract on confession
Rubric: Extract takyn out of ye boke of schrift yt ye VII dedly synnys are in and this is taken out of ira
Incipit: What sey we of hem yt delites yaym in sweyrynge

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper, parchment
Dimensions (leaf): 402 × 225 mm.
Foliation: xxiv + 165 (vii-xxiv, 131–45 blank)


19th century half morocco binding.


Origin: 15th century, late - 16th century, early ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Humfrey Newton (1466–1536) (on whom see Earwaker, 1877, I, 121–2).

The descendants of H. Newton, the Wards and the Bromley-Davenports, first at Pownall Hall, and later at Capesthorne (see Horwood, 1874, 80).

Lent in the mid-17th century to John Booth , the Cheshire antiquary, who suffered it 'to be destroyed with moisture and eaten with ratts' (fol. vi recto).

Sold at Sotheby's, 27 October 1947, lot 259; bought by the Bodleian.

Record Sources

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

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (23 images from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.