Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 415 (V.3.13)
Title: Metrical Chronicle
Date of Creation: Between 1499 and 1599
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Robert of Gloucester, Metrical Chronicle.
Robert of Gloucester's Metrical Chronicle:
Begins (1, 1 recto lines 1-3): England is a well good londe in the stead best | set in the one ende of the world and renneth west | the sea goeth him all abowt, he stynt as in Ile
Ends (14, 4 verso line 31): for the sonday [after which a somewhat later hand continues to line 12049 of the poem = ii, 1 recto line 9]: And of holi churche me thinke with vil wou
On i, 1 verso in a late XVII. Cent. hand: 92 | Poet. 1.
On i, 2 recto in a late XVII. Cent. hand: M:S.S. | Lib. | 38. 12s.
On i, 6 recto by Rev. Jos. Stevenson, S.J.: I have added in the margin the paging of Herne's Edition | J.S.
On 1, 1 recto in an early XVII. Cent. hand: Robarte of Glocester his Chronicle. Then in a later XVII. Cent. hand: This Robert liued about | the end of K: Hen: 3: Robert of Gloucester was near the Battle of Evesham 1265.
[Formerly S.3.15; S.3.41].
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Paper, 11 x 7 7/8, ff. 124 (or, including the fly-leaf on which the text is continued by the later hand, ff. 125), originally ff. 130, well written in single cols. of 42-54 lines, each about 9 3/4 x 5, margined with plummet, not ruled, no signatures or catchwords (probably cropped), foliation (XVIII. or XIX. Cent.) in pencil, partial (ff. 1-51), almost no marginalia, spaces left for illuminations, much cropped, otherwise remarkably clean and well preserved, traces of pounce still remaining, fol. sec. This King. Late Cent. XVI.
Binding: Original, millboards, covered (black) calf, gilt blazon in the centre of each board, three lions passant, originally fastened with pig-skin straps, clasps, and catches, the last remain, recently re-backed, cinnamon edges, title, modern (gilt), on crimson morocco shield: ROBERT | OF | GLO'STER. Cent. XVI.-XVII.
[For detailed collation see: John Young and P. Henderson Aitken, A Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of The Hunterian Museum in The University of Glasgow. (Glasgow, 1908), p. 339.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: English
Material Type: Chronicle
Archival History: Provenance:
George Carew, Earl of Totnes (1555-1629): arms on binding (identified by Philip Oldfield, 2008).
Lord Somers: with Somers' classmark "Poet. 1" on front pastedown (see N. R. Ker 'William Hunter as a collector of medieval manuscripts' ([Glasgow]: University of Glasgow Press, [1983]), p. 16).
Sir Joseph Jekyll: presumably acquired via his brother in law, Lord Somers; in the Jekyll sale, 26 February 1739 (Per N.R. Ker, letter 1 May 1978).
Ebenezer Mussell: lot 92 in the sale of the library of Ebenezer Mussell in London, 30 May 1766, where the manuscript is described as "Chronicon Robertus de Gloucester, or Robert of Gloucester's Chronicle, wrote in Henry IIIds time, finely preserved."; NB lot number "92" is given in ink on front pastedown; Margaret Connolly (in 'The 'curious and valuable' library of Ebenezer Mussell' Book Collector, Vol 62, no 1, Spring 2013) also ascribes MS Hunter 415 to Mussell (see appendix, no. 9).
John Ratcliffe: Ratcliffe is recorded as purchasing lot 92 for £0.13.0 according to the digitized copy of the Mussell sale catalogue (annotated with prices and buyers' names) at the Houghton Library, Harvard University; lot 1203 in Bibliotheca Ratcliffiana (27 March, 1776). Purchased by William Hunter for £0.16.0 at the Ratcliffe sale according to the annotated BL copy of the Ratcliffe sale catalogue - shelfmark 822.d.6.
Bibliography: John Young & P.H. Aitken, A catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1908), p. 339.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

annotator: Joseph Stevenson 1806-1895
Librarian and Keeper of Records, Durham.
author: Robert of Gloucester fl.1260-1300
author: Joseph Stevenson 1806-1895
Librarian and Keeper of Records, Durham.
provenance: George Carew Earl of Totnes 1555-1629
Soldier and administrator.
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