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

MS. Lat. misc. e. 93

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

Oxford formularies of the school of William Kingsmill; English, 15th century


Liber Donati

Dialogue in French (Dean and Boulton no. 291). The name of W. Kingsmill is changed to Gilliam Scrivener and the examples from Oxford are changed to London, as in MS. Cambridge, Univ. Library Dd.12.23. Printed by P. Meyer, Romania 32(1903), pp. 49–58 (cf. also B.L.R. II, 1946, p. 146).

Incipit: Sire bon iour. Sire bon iour a vous
Explicit: iij dousezeyns saucers Amen
Language(s): Anglo-Norman
2. (fol. 6)
Treatise on conveyancing

With examples from Oxford and its neighbourhood. The latest date is 1441–2. Another MS. is Lat. misc. d. 69.

Incipit: (preface) ⟨T⟩ria sunt que pertinent ad cartas, scilicet scriptura, sigillatio et seisina per testes aperte liberata. Carta facta per donatorem, feoffatorem vel alienatorem fiet ex sex clausis
Explicit: (preface) et presens dominus Rex est Henricus sextus post conquestum sicut patet per hos versus: Wil. con. Wil. rufus […] Hen. sextus regnat felici tempore vivat

At fol. 37r there is a change of hands and decoration; hand (a)'s rubric 'Indentura domus bracinii seu pandoxatoris' is crossed through and replaced with 'Indentura firme specialis parcellis reservatis'; and from fol. 38v the text diverges from the parallel text in MS. Lat. misc. e. 103.

Apparently breaking off unfinished at the end of fol. 54r (fol. 54v is blank), part-way through 'Presentacio ad vicariam vacantem per mortem'.

Language(s): Latin with a little Anglo-Norman (e.g. fol. 40v-41r, 44v)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper folded in quarto. Watermarks: scissors cf. Briquet 3746 (1463-73); three mountains within circle cf. Briquet 11881 (1453); steer cf. Briquet 2775–6 (1426-1462).
Extent: ii + 56 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 205 × 140 mm.
Dimensions (written): 145–50 × 90–95 mm.


1(12)–3(12), 4(12)(8 canc.), 5(8) (wants 8)


29 long lines


Two hands:

Fols. 1r-37r, secretary with some anglicana forms

Fols. 37r-54r, anglicana


Initials and rubrics picked out in red (as far as fol. 37r).


modern binding.


Origin: 15th century (after 1442) ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792–1872), MS. 13443* and 13446

Sir Robert Leicester Harmsworth

Harmsworth Trust sale at Sotheby's, 16 Oct. 1945, lot 2051, bought by Quaritch for £38.

Record Sources

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


Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.