MS. Rawl. B. 178
Summary Catalogue no.: 11545
Seven lines of Middle English verse, added late fifteenth century; not listed in NIMEV or DIMEV. Added, early sixteenth century, short accounts in English; added, sixteenth century (?), drawing of a camel
Text missing (probably six folios) between fols. 1 and 2; most of one leaf lost between fols. 28 and 29.
Added, 15th century, second half to sixteenth century:
Notes on the four rivers of paradise and the mount of Calvary
Note on the bishoprics and archbishoprics of England; added, 15th century, second half
Prayer to St Nichasius
Ruled in leadpoint, 1 col., 51–3 lines, written space 200 × 130 mm. Running heads, marginal headings.
Anglicana by one scribe.
Historiated initial, fol. 1r: the second day of creation, God, holding globe divided into firmament and water.
Border, fol. 1r
Initials in blue and red, with penwork decoration in red and violet, sometimes extending into drawings of faces.
Other initials in blue and red.
Genealogical diagrams; space for another (?), fols. 53v-54r, not filled in.
Later (sixteenth century?) drawing of a camel, fol. i verso.
18th century (?) stiff parchment binding. Offset of six supports from an earlier binding on fol. i recto.
Slip of 17th century (?) paper pasted to fol. 53v, with a note on 'pyri sylvestris'.
Provenance and Acquisition
Pen trial (?) in Welsh (?), 15th century (?), 'Etto gobeith(?)' (fol. i verso)
Heraldry, sixteenth century, fol. 67r: three coats of arms, (a) on a chevron between three cinquefoils, five ... ; a chevron engrailed between three mullets; on a bend between two crescents, six ...
Robert Keble, early 16th century: notes of payments by him, fols. i verso, 67r; note of the death of Agnes, wife of Robert Kebell gentleman, on the Sunday after St Matheus, apostle, 1538 (fol. 67r). Perhaps (given mentions in the payments of Bradfeld (Bradfield) and Suffeld (Suffield)) to be identified with Robert Keble of Felmingham (Visitation of Norfolk ... 1563 (1891), p. 303, ) who is possibly in turn to be identified with the Robert Keble who in 1534–5 with his wife Agnes conveyed the manor of Moorhouse in Hoveton (Francis Blomefield, An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk, XI (1810), p. 39, and cf. IX (1808) 441).
Henry Spelman (signed, fol. 1r)
Edward Umfreville, d. 1786: the note by him in MS. Douce 119 apparently refers to the present manuscript.
Richard Rawlinson, 1690–1755: apparently a gift to him from Umfreville (B. J. Enright, 'Richard Rawlinson: collector, antiquary, and topographer' D.Phil thesis, Oxford, 1957, B lviii).
Bequeathed to the Bodleian in 1755
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Last Substantive Revision
2019-11-26: Description revised for publication on Digital Bodleian.