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MS. Top. Glouc. d. 2

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


Language(s): Latin

Founder's and benefactors' book of Tewkesbury Abbey
(fol.2–5 line 8)

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

(fol.5 line 18 – 5v, 42v–45v)

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.


Quartered arms of George, duke of Clarence, patron of the abbey followed by an illustrated explanation of the quarterings. On fol.1v is a note on properties once belonging to the abbey.

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.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


lost: the leaves have been guarded


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.


Origin: 16th century, beginning ; English, Tewkesbury

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)

Robert, Lord Spencer, of Wormleighton

Given by him to Mary, Baroness le Despencer (fol. 1v)

John Fane, 17th Earl of Westmorland (d. 1859) (bookplate)

C. H. Bickerton Hudson.

Bequeated by him, 1938.

Record Sources

Typescript description by Bodleian Library staff

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (25 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.