MS. Top. Glouc. d. 2
Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession)
Extracts from a narrative cartulary giving an account of the abbey and its benefactors, beginning c.1000 and ending with the death of Isabel, wife of Gilbert de Clare [d.1239/40], followed (fol.5 lines 9–17) by two genealogical notes
An overlapping set of extracts from the same source c.1000 to 1109, written in imitation 13th cent. script
Charter of William fitz Count, with his portrait
Chronicle of founders and benefactors, pr. from MS. Cotton Cleop. A. VII (Davis), another version with slight differences, in Dugdale Monasticon, II.59–65. There are 24 crude portraits with arms, including three pre-Conquest patrons and a continuous series of patrons from Robert fitz Hamon to Richard, earl of Warwick, with some ladies, and also Robert Chandos, founder of Goldcliff.
Described by C. H. Bickerton Hudson in Trans. Bristol and Glouc. Archaeol. Soc. 33 (1910), 60-6, with a facsimile of fol. 27. A direct copy of our MS., used by J. H. Blunt, Tewkesbury Abbey and its associations, London, 1875, is now British Museum MS. Add. 36985.
Several hands; one is a good secretary hand (fols. 6-7v, 12 (inserted slip), 22, 28, 37-40v); another imitates at 13th cent. hand (see under Contents)
Good miniatures, arms. Copies of an earlier manuscript (?). (P&A iii. 1177, pl. CVIII)
22 half-page and two full-page portraits, many coats of arms.
19th cent. binding.
Provenance and Acquisition
‘Johannes E⟨wis⟩ham hunc librum fecit fieri’ (fol. 1v). A man of this name received a pension as subchanter in 1540; see Mon. Angl. II.83.
‘Edward Grevell’: Sir Edward Grevell of Milcote (d. 1559) (fol. 1v)
Given by him to Mary, Baroness le Despencer (fol. 1v)
John Fane, 17th Earl of Westmorland (d. 1859) (bookplate)
Bequeated by him, 1938.