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MS. Laud Misc. 253

Summary Catalogue no.: 884


Missal, Use of Sarum

Contemporary calendar (fol. 5) with additional obits; blessing of holy water with notation (fol. 11), rubrics and common prayers of the procession (fol. 12); temporale, the first Sunday in Advent including an order of the mass with long rubrics and intonations of the lessons (fol. 13–20), another order of the mass (fol. 109) after Holy Saturday with kyrie tropes, intonations of Gloria, Credo, Ite missa est, etc., prefaces and prayers after mass (from fol. 112 onwards by another hand), a treatise de diversis casibus et periculosis [sic] in missa contingentibus (fol. 119v) and a mass of the Holy Name (fol. 121v); sanctorale (fol. 169); common of the saints (fol. 215v); Quinque sunt rationes et cause quare dies sabbati magis quam alia dies celebratur de beata Maria virgine (fol. 231) with votive masses of the Virgin, holy Trinity, holy Cross, etc.; ordo ad faciendum sponsalia (fol. 246); ordo ad purificandum mulierem (fol. 250); ordo ad servitium peregrinorum faciendum (fol. 250); blessings (fol. 252v) the last of which is the benedictio oculorum infirmorum quam magister Willelmus de Montibus matricis ecclesiae lincolniensis cancellarius instituit; ritual for the Last Sacraments, etc. (fol. 253) with masses of the dead (fol. 258). Many and long rubrics.

Language(s): Latin, with English form of words in the missa pro sponsalibus

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 4 + 1 + 261 + 1 + 2 + i fol.
Dimensions (leaf): 322 × 223 mm.
Dimensions (written): 210 × 135 mm.


2 leaves missing after fol.114; other leaves damaged.


2 col. of 42 lines

Musical Notation:

Square notation on 13–4 staves of 4 red lines.


Fine borders, initials. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 1103)

Coloured initials and borders (fols. 11, 13, 31, 123, etc.), some cut out (fols. 37, 135, 210, 233); so is the beginning of the canon.


Blind-tooled, early 18th century.

Accompanying Material

Fols. 2, 1, 268, 269, 4, 3 are fragments of a contemporary missal.


Origin: 15th century, third quarter ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

In the kalendar the feasts of St. Chad and St. Erkenwald are in red.

Births and obits of the Carew family, 1485–1510, added in the calendar, including the obit of Sir William Carew, 27 May 1501: i.e. Sir William Carew of Bury St Edmunds.

'Pertinet domine margarete Carew', fol. 267: probably Margaret (d. 1525), widow of Sir William Carew.

Birth of Francis Clovyle noted in the calendar, March 1: Francis Cloyvle (d. 1562) of West Hanningfield, the son of William Clovyle, who (William) married Mary, daughter of Sir William Carew (Visitations of Essex..., ed. W. C. Metcalfe (1878), p. 37).

William Laud, by 1638.

Part of his third donation to the Bodleian, sent 28 June 1639.

Record Sources

Adapted (2018) from S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford (typescript) Vol. 1: Mass Books; Pächt and Alexander; and the Quarto Catalogue (H. O. Coxe, Laudian Manuscripts, Quarto Catalogues II, repr. with corrections, 1969, from the original ed. of 1858–1885).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (3 images from 35mm slides)


    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 5: Fragments - Mass Books (typescript, 1957), p. 215

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.