MS 1097

Manuscripts in the Clifford Collection

Scope and Content Note

Title: Clifford Manuscripts

Date Range: c.1250 - 1915

Extent: 1.26 metres (75 items in 9 boxes)

Reference number: MS 1097

Administrative Information

Access: Available for reference. Reproductions (slides or microfilms) are to be used rather than original documents

Provenance: The collection was purchased by the National Library in 1963 from the Clifford Family of Ugbrooke Park, Chudleigh, Devon, England.

The Clifford Collection comprises 75 English and European manuscripts, including ten medieval manuscripts, and more than 10,000 volumes of rare books and pamphlets.

The great richness of the collection is in printed works from the sixteenth century onwards, with possibly the greatest strength in the seventeenth century, although the eighteenth century is also strong. 740 titles from the collection are listed in the Short title catalogue of books printed in Great Britain and Ireland, 1701-1800, in the Australian Capital Territory (1966). These works relate especially to the political, legal, economic and ecclesiastical sectors of English history. The ecclesiastical and devotional works reflect the place of the Cliffords as one of the great Catholic families in England and include a substantial amount of French writing. In all fields, however, the feature of the collection is its diversity and the rarity of many of the works. The literary works include some early editions of note, both of famous names and of lesser figures.

The manuscripts include one of the few medieval cartularies to be held outside Britain and a number of early illuminated works. The later manuscripts, written in several languages, were collected by members of the Clifford Family and there are also a few papers documenting some of their activities in the 19th century.

Related materials: The 10,000 books and 1500 pamphlets that form the greater part of the Clifford Collection are held as a distinct collection within the Library’s Rare Book Collection. Each work is individually catalogued and the call numbers have the prefix RB CLI.

Although it is a manuscript, the catalogue of Lord Clifford’s Library, written in various hands in the late 19th century and with a note at the end by the 9th Lord Clifford, is not held in the Manuscript Section. It is instead shelved with the books in the Clifford Collection, the call number being RBf CLI 4263.

The following manuscripts in the Clifford Collection have been microfilmed: 13, 15, 17, 30, 40, 41, 42, 72 and 73 (reels G7676-7683). There is also a microfilm of the Chertsey Cartulary (reel G24143). The reels can be used in the Newspaper Microcopy Reading Room or borrowed on interlibrary loan.

Two items from the Clifford Collection have been digitised: Item 6, Latin Book of Hours, Italy, 15th Century (in full); and Item 9 Latin Book of Hours, Southern Netherlands, 15th Century (selected images).

Organisation: This collection is organised into 76 items that are listed in the Item List. Each item usually consists of a single manuscript or book, but in a few cases there are several papers on a particular activity or subject.

Historical Note

In the late 16th century Anthony Clifford of Borscombe, Wiltshire, married Anne, the daughter and co-heir of Sir Peter Courtenay of Ugbrooke, Chudleigh, Devon. Their son Thomas Clifford (d.1634) inherited Ugbrooke. His grandson, Sir Thomas Clifford (1630-1673) held a number of positions under Charles II and was created 1st Baron Clifford of Chudleigh in 1672. He was Lord High Treasurer in 1672-73 but, being a Roman Catholic, was forced to resign by the Test Act.

Until 1829 the Cliffords were debarred by their religion from holding public office, and instead concentrated on the management of their estates and assembling a major collection of books, manuscripts and art works. Some members of the family, such as Charles Clifford (1759-1831), the 6th Baron, were notable antiquarians. The Cliffords were related to a number of the leading Catholic families in England. Lucy Clifford, the daughter of the 3rd Baron, married Thomas Weld who, after her death, entered the Catholic Church and became a Cardinal in 1830. Their daughter, Mary Weld, married Hugh Clifford (1790-1858), the 7th Baron. There are books and manuscripts of Cardinal Weld in the Collection. William Clifford (1823-1893), the brother of the 8th Baron, was the Roman Catholic Bishop of Clifton. Sir Hugh Clifford (1866-1941), the nephew of the 8th Baron, held a number of posts in the Colonial Service, including Governor of Ceylon, Governor of Nigeria and Governor of the Straits Settlements. Sir Bede Clifford (1890-1969), a son of the 10th Baron, was Private Secretary to the Governor-General of Australia in 1918-20 and later held a number of vice-regal appointments.

The Clifford Collection was offered for sale in 1963 by Colonel Hugh Clifford, following the death in the previous year of his uncle Charles Clifford, the 11th Baron. Colonel Clifford’s father, Lewis Clifford (1889-1964), the 12th Baron, was married to an Australian, Mary Knox, the daughter of Sir Adrian Knox, the Chief Justice of Australia. The collection was purchased by the National Library in November 1963. It reached Canberra in April 1964. The Chertsey Cartulary (item 65), possibly the most important medieval manuscript held in Australia, was received in 1975, following the granting of an export licence by the British Government.

Summary List

Item Title

1. Latin Bible, France, 13th Century.

2 Latin Book of Hours (some English), England, 15th Century

3 Latin Bible, and Remigius, Interpretations Nomium Hebraicorum, 13th Century

4 Latin Psalter and Missal, 14th Century

5 Latin and French Book of Hours, France, 13th Century

6 Latin Book of Hours, Italy, 15th Century

7 Latin prayer book, England, 15th Century

8 Latin breviary, Germany, 15th Century

9 Latin book of Hours, Southern Netherlands, 15th Century

10-64 Later manuscripts, 1605-1915

65 Latin Chertsey Cartulary, England, 14th Century

66-74 Later manuscripts, 1823-69

75 Latin fragment of Ovid, 13th Century

76 Correspondence of Charles Clifford, 6th Baron Clifford, 1812-25

Item List

Fuller descriptions of the medieval manuscripts can be found in the following two publications:

Sinclair: K.V. Sinclair. Descriptive catalogue of medieval and Renaissance Western manuscripts in Australia, Sydney, Sydney University Press, 1969

Manion & Vines: Margaret M. Manion and Vera F. Vines. Medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts in Australian collections, Melbourne, Thames and Hudson, 1984

Item 1 Latin Bible, France, 13th Century.

Clifford 1097/1, Sinclair - No.3 pp.11-13, Manion & Vines: No.68 pp.167-70

Bible: manuscript on vellum: first leaf of Genesis decorated with a vertical column enclosing tendrils of green and lilac on an alternate blue or gold ground, headed by a grotesque reptile; rubricated in red and blue throughout with very fine marginal flourishes and line endings in red and blue; a finely written manuscript in double columns, 51 lines to the page, numerous marginal annotations, 306 leaves (fault in leaves 56, 89, 102, 131, 162, 238, 262, which are original faults of vellum skin); fold-out at foot of leaves 255 and 273 to accommodate footnotes; 164 x 112 mm., in a 17th century red morocco binding of decorative gilt corner-pieces enclosing in the centre an anchor within a frame of coiled hands, and within the points of the anchor the initials ‘W.C.’ (?William Clifford); remains of green silk ties; the manuscript probably executed in France, second half of the 15th century. (Sinclair and Manion & Vines suggest 13th century.)

Item 2 Latin Book of Hours (some English), England, 15th Century

Clifford 1097/2, Sinclair - No.4 pp. 15-18, Manion and Vines: No.68 pp.112-13

Book of Hours: Manuscript on vellum, 2 blanks, calendar of 12 leaves; 152 leaves (11. 76-80 blank) with 2 blanks at end; 17 lines to the page, page size 140 x 95 mm. The first leaf after the calendar is decorated with a capital “D” in red and blue enclosing a strawberry mounted in a cup of green, blue and red leaves on a gold ground. The margin of the page is filled with a border of flower scrolls; similar capitals and decoration on 11 other pages, with numerous minor capitals in red and blue and gold, and capitals beginning most sentences illuminated and decorated. Some rubrics are written in English with line fillings in red, blue and gold. This manuscript is contained in a rare and interesting early English binding of the mid-15th century, the panels decorated with two columns of heraldic swans and stags within blind-ruled borders. On the lower cover is similar tooling of St. George and the dragon and of the sacred monogram, the remains of the original clasps. Unfortunately the spine covering is missing. The manuscript was executed in England in the first half of the 15th century.

Item 3 Latin Bible, and Remigius, Interpretationes Nomium Hebraicorum, 13th Century

Clifford 1097/3, Sinclair - No.5 pp. 18-23, Not in Manion & Vines

Bible: Manuscript on vellum, finely written in double columns, 50 lines to the page, page size 155 x 105 mm. At folio 24 part of Exodus had been misbound with a gathering of Numbers and Deuteronomy. There are marginal marks of ownership in an early hand and capitals with fine marginal flourishes in red and blue ink and similarly flourished in-fillings of some capitals. This manuscript is bound in an early English calf binding with blind-tooled frame enclosing a stamped centre ornament; a rare and very fine English manuscript of the second half of the 13th. century, with 12th century fragments incorporated in the binding.

Item 4 Latin Psalter and Missal, 14th Century

Clifford 1097/4, Sinclair - No.6 pp. 24-25, Not in Manion & Vines

Cistercian Psalter, Breviary and Missal; Manuscript on vellum—calendar begins April, 9 pp., 397 ll. (faults in leaves 210, 249 and 366, marginal decoration smeared); part in double columns, 32 lines to the page; the greater part in single column of 26 lines to the page, rubricated in red and blue. There are fine marginal flourishes in red and blue ink, calligraphic capitals in red and blue; page size 142 x 110 mm., in a fine contemporary German binding of stamped vellum over champered oak boards with remains of original brass clasps. The stamped binding comprises a central rectangle of interlaced flower sprays surrounded by seven compartments of New Testament scenes, each with blind-stamped title. The lower cover is similarly stamped with the figures of Saints; the manuscript written and signed at end by Brother Henry, monk of Fqrstenfeld, Diocese of Freising, 1306.

Item 5 Latin and French Book of Hours, France, 13th Century

Clifford 1097/5, Sinclair - No.7 pp. 25-27, Manion & Vines: No.76 pp.184-85

Book of Hours: Manuscript on vellum, 2 blank leaves, calendar of 12 leaves (the first three leaves are washed and with only illuminated initials remaining), 138 leaves, followed by one blank at end. There are 17 lines to the page. This book contains 12 full-page miniatures of, amongst others, the Annunciation and the Shepherds (each of these has at an early period been cut out and, probably at the time of rebinding, reset within original borders in the first case, and remargined with plain vellum in the second). There are also miniatures of the Manger, the Adoration of the Magi, the Flight into Egypt, the Crucifixion and a Pieta in a different style by another (possibly later) hand. Each miniature is surrounded by borders of scrolling foliage and fruits with grotesque beasts and birds in blue, green, pink, lilac and red. Most pages have marginal decoration of gold on red and blue grounds and line-fillings similarly decorated; in a fine 17th century binding, possibly by Samuel Mearne, of blind-tooled “drawn-handle” and floral arabesques within blind-tooled borders; spine gilt, remains of silk ties, the vellum gilt-edged, executed in France (possibly mid) 15th century.

Item 6 Latin Book of Hours, Italy, 15th Century

Clifford 1097/6, Sinclair - No.8 pp. 27-30, Manion & Vines: No.27 pp.86-87

Book of Hours: Manuscript on vellum: Incipit officinis Bte Marie virginis, with initial letter “O” enclosing a miniature of the Virgin and Child, with borders of tendrils and flower sprays in red and blue and green on an illuminated frame. At the foot there is a shield of a camel in silver (now oxidised) on a blue ground. The shield is surrounded by a laurel wreath, supported by putti borne upon tendrils of red, blue and green. Other capitals are painted in red, blue and yellow, and those not completed are sketched in ink; rubricated in red and blue throughout, and in the last leaves some marginal flourishes in red ink; 139 ll. vellum, 14 or 15 lines to a page, page size 154 x 111 mm; inscribed on end-paper: ‘Mary E. Karanagh left this book to her nephew Lord Clifford, 1898.’ Colour and decorative elements indicate Ferrarese influence. Old mottled calf, spine gilt (spine slightly wormed and worn), provincial Italian, late 15th early 16th century.

Item 7 Latin Prayer Book, England, 15th Century

Clifford 1097/7, Sinclair - No.9 pp. 30-34, Manion & Vines: No.53 p.131

Prayer-Book: A Collection of Prayers, manuscript on vellum, 1 blank, 207 leaves, 1 blank at end; page size 137 x 90 mm. with 18 lines to the page. The capital letters are written in blue with marginal flourishes in red ink, and capitals throughout in red and blue (passages in red have, in several instances been off-set on opposite surface). The book has at some time has been slightly affected by damp, with spotting on some leaves. This book is bound in 17th century sprinkled calf, with two gilt rules enclosing a central panel of two gilt filets with leaves and acorn ornaments at corners, spine gilt; the manuscript executed in England late 15th – early 16th century.

Item 8 Latin Breviary, Germany, 15th Century

Clifford 1097/8, Sinclair No.10 pp. 34-35, Manion & Vines: No.64 p.152

Breviary: Manuscript on vellum, 4 blanks, tabular leaf, 2 prefatory leaves 325 11. There are 18 lines to the page, page size about 123 x 85 mm. (original cutting of lower edges of some leaves irregular), calligraphic capitals in red, blue and green ink, rubricated in red throughout. The manuscript is housed in the original stained red vellum binding with original centre and corner brass studs (centre stud of upper cover missing from its fixing-pin, which remains). Outside measurement is about 12.5 mm x 8.7 mm. and 11.25 mm. thick. This manuscript was executed in Germany (inscribed on fly-leaf ‘Honble Mr Clifford, Munich’) with unusual and interesting content, 15th century.

Item 9 Latin Book of Hours, Southern Netherlands, 15th Century

Clifford 1097/9, Sinclair- No.11 pp. 35-38, Manion & Vines: No.54 pp.132-33

Book of Hours: Manuscript on vellum, 6 leaves of calendar, 116 leaves and one blank at end (last five leaves cockled); decorated with 26 full-page miniatures of good quality. These include Christ with an orb and angels, the Trinity, John the Baptist, St. George and the Dragon, the killing of St. Thomas a ‘Beckett, Saint Anne, Mary Magdalene, Saint Catherine, Saint Barbara, the vigil in Gethsemane, and the taking of Christ. There are also miniatures depicting Christ brought before Pilate, the scourging of Christ, the road to Calvary, the Crucifixion, the Descent from the Cross, the Entombment; the Virgin and Child, the Resurrection, with instruments of the Passion, and others. Each miniature surrounded by broad borders on two sides, and tendrils on the opposite sides, with scrolling stems of flowers and fruit in red, blue, pink and green, heightened with gold (some borders only slightly rubbed). There are diaper backgrounds to some miniatures in red, blue, green and gold checks; nine small miniatures of the Passion; numerous decorated initials, and capitals throughout in red, blue and gold; line fillings similarly decorated and illuminated. This manuscript is bound in a contemporary blind stamped calf binding (the manuscript loose in case), blind ruled and with frame of two lines of stamped scrollwork; executed in the Low Countries, possibly for English use, in the second half of the 15th century.

See also: Treasures from the National Library - the Clifford Collection Book of Hours

Items 10-64 Later Manuscripts, 1605-1915

10. Oliver, George: Collections Illustrating the History of the Catholic Religion in Devon and Cornwall. Part the First, a neatly written manuscript with a dedication in the manuscript to the Right Honourable Charles Lord Clifford signed by the author, written on ruled sheets of an exercise book, 4to, contemporary calf, ruled in gilt, Exeter 1820.

11. Oliver, George: Collections Illustrating the Catholic Religion in the Counties of Devon and Cornwall, original manuscript of a book later published and included in this collection, 4to, contemporary calf-backed boards, Exeter, 1817.

12. Motives to the Catholic Faith, a manuscript in a fine hand probably by Bernard Turbitt, inscribed “His Day Book, 1679” 8vo, contemporary calf.

13. Crassy, Serenus: Arbor Virtutum, or an Exact Modell in which are Represented all Manner of Vertues and Graves, a neat theological manuscript on 190 pages with index at end, 8vo, contemporary limp vellum Cambray, 17th century.

14. Various papers with mathematical drawings, bound together in a small 4to book of green stained parchment, 17th century.

15. An Introduction to Divine Wisedome Comprised in Diverse Spirituall Treatises which containe ye Secrets of Mysticke Theology, a 17th century manuscript neatly written, chapter headings in red ink, 8vo, contemporary calf with central gilt emblems on sides with initials of Thomas Clifford burnt in on top of the emblem.

16. A Manuscript Concerning the Virgin Mary, 4to, Contemporary boards, uncut 347 pages. (18th century).

17. Miscellaneous manuscripts of the Clifford Family on Theological issues, the Poor laws, Prisons, Hospitals, the Secret Treaty of Dover, and Personal Opinions, stitched in four, 4to, gatherings in the form of a biographical work.

18. Oraison Funebre and other addresses, a fair copy neatly written, 4to, 17th century red morocco with gilt framed sides, spine gilt, gilt edges.

19. Service Book: a manuscript music book with manuscript dedication to Thomas Weld within engraved borders of the title, oblong 4to, in a presentation binding of contemporary red morocco. The Cardinal’s Arms are displayed in gilt on covers surrounded by decorative borders with grotesque animals and entwined stems of grapes and leaves, gilt edges (c. 1830).

20. Extracts from the Commentary on the Laws of England in Four Books by Williams Blackstone, Solicitor General to her Majesty, in a clear hand, 8vo, contemporary parchment backed boards, late 18th century.

21. Constitutiones of a Monastery of the Cistercians in Westmalle Provinciae Antwerpientis, finely written 4to, half parchment and marbled boards, 18th century.

22. Philosophiae, Pars Prima seu Logica, a manuscript neatly written in Latin on 120 pages, 4to, contemporary limp vellum, the colophon stating ‘Monstelii anno 1719’.

23. Brudenell, Thomas: Antiquae viae Regiae, viz.: The Auncient Highwaies of our English Kings, or a Morrall Discourse upon the Auncient Practises of the Regall Office or Sacred Oath. The author’s original manuscript is written on 135 numbered leaves in a fine clear hand, pages faintly ruled in red to allow for text and cross references to other events of the time, folio, original limp vellum with ties, n.d. (c. 1620).

24. An Official Manuscript of Summaries of the Parliaments held in Sicily with the Names of the Members, a Draft of Proceedings, a note of the Monies voted etc, folio, contemporary vellum. (c. 1605).

25. Cornwall, an Abstract of all the Demesne, Lands and Mannors, 8vo, in a fine Court Hand showing the tenants, ages of tenants, rents values and other details of the Estate with abstracts of annual rents. This manuscript has a fine contemporary binding of black morocco within fully gilt borders comprising a design of crown, crossed sceptres and floral ornaments with a central arabesque of the same tools, the spine fully gilt, gilt edges (mid 17th century).

26. Fragment Contenant les Directions et Conseils pour les Voyageurs en Suisse, manuscript with directions for the route, 4to, original wrappers, late 18th century.

27. Nominal Roll of a Military Unit, a Company of Grenadiers, Compagnie de Nugent and other Troops, the Soldiers named with their Ranks, Ages, Height, Place of Birth, Date of Enrolment and Promotion. Folio, original vellum with ties, 18th century.

28. Linien-Perspective, original manuscript treatise is written in a clear neat German hand and divided into paragraphs, each numbered in Roman Lettering. The title is inscribed on the manuscript which also has a pattern of lines and frames, with the signature of ‘Charles H. Clifford, 1840’ on the title page, 4to. This manuscript has contemporary half morocco spine gilt and marbled boards. It was written early in the 19th century.

29. Theological manuscript written in Italian: Tractatus de Religione, small 4to, disbound, 18th century.

30. A List of the Congregation attached to the Chapel Ugbrooke, Chudleigh Devon on the 6th December 1830. This manuscript consists of a list of those persons who attend the Chapel at Ugbrooke and also shows their place of residence.

31. The Nativity of a Person of Honour, Born 1630, August 1st 10h 15 A.M Astronomically performed, 1670* original manuscript horoscope of Thomas, 1st Lord Clifford of Chudleigh. The Manuscript is finely written on 32 pages with horoscope tables and chapters under the general heading ‘Some General Astrological Observations on this Nativity,’ including, ‘Of Health and Sickness;’ ‘Of Complexion Stature and Disposition.’ Other chapters include ‘Of Riches;’ ‘Of Marriage and Issue;’ ‘Of Honour and Reputation;’ ‘Of Friends and Enemey’; ‘Of Imprisonment and Death,’ with a chapter of ‘Observations on Particular Yeares’ 4to. Original Manuscript has inscriptions using vellum gilt.

* This horoscope is referred to in Evelyn’s Memoirs. Refer also Ashmolean, MSS 436.

32. Brudenell, Thomas: A Treatise of the True Causes of the Prevarication of the Churches Liberties in Englande. The first chapter is titled –‘The Lawfulness of King Henry the 8th, his Marriage with Queen Catherine, the Severall Impediments Annulled the Marriage of the said King with Anne Bullen and disabled their issue to the Succession of the Crowne of England, etc. The manuscript is written in the author’s original hand writing on 117 leaves in a fine clear hand with pages ruled into compartments of text and for cross references to other events of the time. Folio. This manuscript has original limp vellum and the Arms at the foot of the title leaf of the families of Brudenell quartering Tiaard, Annesty, Streete Reynes Borrard, Scudamour Leniston.

33. Incipit Officium gloriose Virginis Marie . . . manuscript in Gothic script, on vellum, gilt edged, rubricated throughout, small 4to, in 19th century red velvet binding with silver corner pieces and clasp, in buckram covered box, 19th century.

34. Lettres sur le Saint Abandon parle Pere-Milley, Mort en odeur de Saintete en assistant les Pestiferes a Marseilles, manuscript in a fine French hand, 8vo, straight-grained buckram, inscribed inside cover “J. Cardinal Weld,” French 19th Century.

35. Remembrances for Order and Decency to be kept in ye Upper House of Parliament by the Lords when His Majestie is not there ... This manuscript is written in a clear hand on 94 numbered pages, 12 mo. This manuscript is bound in contemporary sprinkled calf gilt (c. 1690).

36. The spirituall conflict written in Italian by a devout servant of God and lately translated into English out of ye same language, written in a fine hand, small 8vo., original being vellum with remains of ties, pages faintly ruled in red (c. 1650).

37. Carew, George: A Remonstrance of the Interessed in the Ships “Bona Esperanza” and “Henry Bona Adventura” of London with a Narrative of the Proceedings in the Case between the Assignes of William Courten and the East-India Company of the Netherlands; woodcut on title ruled in red, Roman and Black Letter. There is an insert at front of the manuscript from the author signed and dated, Richmond, December 12th 1671 addressed to Sir Thomas Clifford, Treasurer of His Majesty’s Household etc. There is an manuscript leaf which contains the following inscription: ‘A Perticular Account of Monies lent and advanced by Sir Paul Pyndar to the Late King in the Years 1638-1639 and 1640’ folio, original sprinkled calf, spine gilt; with interesting association items bound in at beginning.

38. Clifford, Charles, Sixth Baron): The Life of St. Jane Frances de Chantal, author’s original manuscript is 152 pages long, undated and is bound in the original calf panels and red morocco labels. Folio.

39. Clifford, Charles, Sixth Baron): The life of Saint Mary Magdalen de Pazzis, author’s original manuscript on 360 pages, is undated and has calf spine and marbled boards, (joints worn). Folio.

40. ‘Manuscript Letters’ a letter-book containing Petitions to the Sovereign, Account of Services, Transcription of Pamphlets of the Civil War Period and other manuscripts relating to the Crown of England and Affairs of State. This manuscript is bound together, clearly written by 3 or more hands on 180 leaves bound in contemporary calf with, blind rules and red morocco labels. Folio item (c. 1646).

41. Martin, Gregory: Roma Sancta, that is the Holy Citie of Rome, so called, and so declared to be, First for Devotion, secondly for Charitie, in Two Books. The manuscript is written on 181 leaves in the authors original fine clear hand, with corrections, additions, marginal notes, apparently unpublished. Folio. This manuscript has 17th century calf red morocco label with all edges uncut and in a fine state of preservation (Refer S.T.C. Nos. 17503-17508 for other works by Gregory Martin).

42. Clifford, Sir Thomas, 1st Baron Clifford, Lord Treasurer to Charles II): Commonplace Book, original manuscript written on 367 leaves, including index, printed label of Mr Thomas Clifford dated 1647 on inside front cover. There is some arithmetical notation on flyleaf and the second flyleaf is torn, but there remains a note indicating that the manuscript was in the hand of Thomas Clifford himself. This suggestion has since been confirmed. Some of the pages have only a few lines while some pages are fully covered with annotation, notes and quotations. Folio. The binding of this book has contemporary panels of sprinkled calf and spine gilt (spine covering loose). This manuscript is an unrecorded work that was not printed and belonged to the Lord Treasurer.

43. Relation de l’attaque retranchemens du col de l’assiette et du clos dorgueil. Le 19 Juillet 1747. Written on 6 pages long with a separate diagram.

44. Cayers Maconique. Tome premiere. 8vo. Not dated or paginated. Bound in calf with masonic emblems in gilt on spine and sides. This item is an illustrated work on freemasonry clearly written in French during the 18th century.

45. The Right Honourable Lord Clifford‘s Return to Ugbrooke Park. This item is not dated but was probably written around 1829. This manuscript was written on 35 pages, small 4to, bound qtr roan. Being verses celebrating Lord Clifford’s return from The House of Lords, where he was one of the first three Peers to take their seats after the repeal of the laws disabling Roman Catholics.

46. Clifford, C.H.: Locked diary.

47. Clifford, Henry: ‘The blood of ye Soule or pious Meditations on ye pastion for Every day of ye Month’ write in to English by Henry Clifford Gentleman Anno Domini September ye 24 1719. 537 pages.

48. George Knight’s Account with the right Honourable Hugh Lord Clifford for the rents and profitts of his Lordships Estates in Somersetshire, Warwickshire and Westmorland from the 25th of January 1748–Midsummer 1750. 36 pages.

49. Canciones y Arras Espanolas. Manuscript music book.

50. Reflections on the sate of the Catholic Question May 1816

51. Engineering Notebook. 20th century

52. ‘Tom Brown’s Deception’. Manuscript of a play written by a child, R. Parsley, 5 Barbican Place, Barslape. This manuscript contains sketches and is bound in vellum.

53. Goode, J.: Notes on Real Property. 11 January 1882. 105 pages, written in exercise book, cover damaged.

54. Calattini, Léonide: Longleat 24 février 1842. Commonplace Book, with “Autographs” on front cover.

55. Theorie des Gaz

56. Clifford, Walter: Sketch book containing two pages of sketches of gates, 12 May 1872.

57. Savori in Algebra.

58. Manuscript written in French concerning the Hindu religion.

59. Del Palermo Restaurato di D. Vincenzo di Giovanni Bentiluomo Palermitano. Bound in vellum. 425 pages.

60. Minute book of the Committee for the internal defence of the County of Devon written between 1794-1802. Folio.

61. Ledger, with lists of cattle and sheep sold and on the farm (Ugbrooke ?) 1884-1915.

62. Subscription list for the memoirs illustrating the history of Jacobinism. 1799.

63. Balzac, de: A collection of some modern epistles . . . volume 4. Oxford, 1639.

64. Il Petrarcha con L’espositione di M. Gio Andrea Gesvaldo. Appiesso Alessandro Griffio. 1581. 414 pages. RB CLI 1944A

Item 65 Latin Chertsey Cartulary, England, 14th Century

Clifford 1097/65, Sinclair – No. 12, pp.38-40, not in Manion & Vines

Cartulary of the Benedictine Abbey of St Peter at Chertsey, Surrey, England, recording acts of Iohannes de Rutherwick, Abbot of Chertsey, 1313-21, 1323-33, 1334-42, 1344-45. Manuscript on vellum, 153 leaves, page size 273 x 180mm. All sheets are cockled. Decorated with red rubrics, capitals red and blue, initials blue and red, silver employed on some of the large initials. 17th century binding in sprinkled and panelled calf, spine gilt in six compartments with red morocco label and lettering.

Items 66-74 Later manuscripts, 1823-69

66. Vivat Jesus: Spiritual instructions in form of Dialogues on the states of Prayer. According to the doctrine of his Lordship J.B. Bonssuet, Bishop of Meaux. This item was written by a Father of the Society of Jews and translated from the original French in 1827.

67. Supplement to the English Roman Missal. Mary Lucy Clifford, Ugbrooke, March 10th 1823. Many pages blank.

68. Exercise book of J. Jones, September 11th, 1834, containing maps and dates of historical events in Europe.

69. Catholic poor Schools Committee: Correspondence and receipts, 1848. 1 folder.

70. Ugbrooke Catholic School: Correspondence and returns, 1863-64. 1 folder

71. Bishop Vaughan’s Expenses Fund, 1869, comprising circulars and letters relating to financial assistance to enable the Bishop of Plymouth to attend the Vatican Council.

72. Catholic Papers and letters. 1788-1830. 1 bundle.

73. Catholic Papers. 1808-48. 1 bundle.

74. Catholic Papers. 1800-48. 1 bundle

Item 75. Latin Fragment, Ovid, 13th Century

Clifford 1097/75, Sinclair- No.13 pp. 40-41, Not in Manion & Vines

Fragment of poem on vellum, one leaf, page size 258 x 194mm. The sheet serves as covers for Les Devoirs du Chrétien envers Dieu, et les moyens de pouvoir bien s’en acquitter by Jean-Baptiste de la Salle, Paris, 1817. The manuscript executed in second half of 13th century. Original housed in Rare Books Collection, and glossy print in the Manuscript section.

Item 76 Correspondence of Charles Clifford, 6th Baron Clifford, 1812-25

Miscellaneous letters received by Lord Clifford, 1812-25. Correspondents include L’Abbé Baruelle, Lord Cloncurry, James Parker, Thomas Acland, E.B. Portman and John Cholwick. 1 folder

Clifford Collection – Slides of Medieval Manuscripts

National Library copy

Set 1 (MS 1097/5 and MS 1097/9) Cold Store

Set 2 Duplicating copy PHOCUS Z 12

Set 3 Album 653A – Viewing

MS 1097/5 Clifford (Sinclair 7) 15th Century French manuscript. Horae – Use of Chalon-sur-Marne


1 Annunciation fol. 25r

2 Visitation fol. 34r

3 Shepherds fol. 43r

4 Nativity fol. 47r

5 Magi fol. 51r

6 Flight fol. 55r

7 Presentation fol. 59r

8 David playing harp fol. 70r

9 Crucifixion fol. 86r

10 Pentecost fol. 93r

11 Job on the Dunghill fol. 97r

12 Pieta fol. 141r

MS 1097/9 Clifford (Sinclair 11) 15th Century English manuscript. Horae – Use of Sarum


1 Christ with 2 angels fol. 7r

2 Trinity fol. 13r

3 John the Baptist with lantern fol. 15r

4 Martyrdom of St. Thomas of Canterbury fol. 16r

5 St. George and the dragon fol. 17v

6 St. Christopher fol. 18v

7 St. Anne, Virgin and Child fol. 20r

8 St. Mary Magdalene fol. 21r

9 St. Catherine fol. 22r

10 St. Barbara fol. 23r

11 Agony in the Garden fol. 24r

12 Betrayal fol. 29v

13 Christ before Hered (Herod) fol. 39r

14 Flagellation fol. 42r

15 Christ bearing Cross fol. 44r

16 Crucifixion fol. 46r

17 Deposition fol. 48r

18 Entombment fol. 50r

19 Virgin and Child fol. 53v

20 Visitation fol. 62r

21 Christ being nailed to Cross fol. 65r

22 Cross and Crown of thorns and Wounds fol. 65v
in right and left hand fol. 66r

23 Sad Heart, right foot and left fol. 66v
foot and Virgin and Child fol. 67r

24 John the Evangelist fol. 67v

25 Mary and John at foot of Cross fol. 68v

26 Judgement Day fol. 73r

27 Burial Service fol. 86r

28 Commendation of souls fol. 102v

29 Instrument of Passion fol. 112v

See also: Treasures from the National Library - the Clifford Collection Book of Hours

Revised March 2002