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List of foundation documents, statutes and early deeds from Archive List

The early Statutes, etc. have mostly been printed by Salter [1] and translations are given by de Paravicini [2].  Facsimiles of the first Statutes and some early deeds are collected together in Domus de Balliolo [3].

  • The Statutes given by Dervorguilla of Galloway, Foundress, 1282 (in excellent condition, with her seal intact), and related deeds, one of which mentions Richard Fitzralph in 1325.

  • The Statutes given by Sir Philip Somervyle, 1340.

  • An exemption from the payment of tenths, bearing an example of the Oxford Corporation seal, 1384.

  • Records (including a transcript of a Papal Bull of Urban V, which was surrendered to the King in 1537) concerning a Commission to revise the Statutes, 1363 - 1365, and further amendments of 1433, 1470 - but not the revised Statutes themselves, which were already lost by 1668.

  • Records (including a transcript of a Papal Bull of Julius II, also taken away by the King's agents in 1537) concerning a Commission to revise the Statutes, 1504 - 1507.

  • Statute Books, 5 volumes (16th - 19th centuries)

  • A Charter of Incorporation, 1588, inter alia confirming the College's style (previously variable) as 'The Master and Scholars of Balliol College, in the University of Oxford'.  Mounted and framed.

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Title & description

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ca 1251

Maurice Akarsan owes 180 marks to John de Balliol

D.6. 25.

Salter 592
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1258

Goceline de Westwic owes John de Balliol 747 marks

D.6. 26.

Salter 593
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1265

Thomas de Musgrave owes John de Balliol 123 marks

D.6. 28.

Salter 595
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1265

Thomas de Musgrave, among other debts, owes John de Balliol 100 shillings or two tuns of wine

D.6. 31.

Salter 594
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ca 1266

Baldwin Wake owes 100 marks and more to John de Balliol

D.6. 29.

Salter 597
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1267

Hugo de Euere accepts that a debt to William de Valence of £108 is due from him, not John de Balliol

D.6. 27.

Salter 596
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1269

A debt of Hugh de Balliol to his father’s executors

D.6. 30.

Salter 598
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ca 1280

An acknowledgement of John de Ew of certain conditions which he is bound to observe towards Dervorguilla

D.5.9.

Salter 6
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1282

Statutes of Dervorguilla

D.4.1

Salter 564
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ca 1282

Alan Fitz-Count owes £100 to the executors of John de Balliol

D.6.32.

Salter 599
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1283

John le Especer grants to John de Ew a messuage in Horsemonger Street

D.5.5.

Salter 2
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1284

Dervorgulla Beseeches brother R. de Slikeburne to be her agent in establishing the College

D.4.2

Salter 565
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1284

The Bishop of Lincoln gives his approval of the foundation of Dervorguilla

D.4.3.

Salter 566
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1284

The Bishop of Lincoln gives his approval of the foundation of Dervorguilla

D.4.4

Salter 566
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1284

Thomas de Ew grants to Dervorguilla his plot of land in Horsemonger Street

D.5.10

Salter 7
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1284

Thomas de Ew grants to Dervorguilla his plot of land in Horsemonger Street

D.5.11

Salter 7
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1284

Dervorguilla appoints two Scholars at Oxford to be her attorneys to receive seisin of three areas in Horsemonger Street

D.5.12.

Salter 8
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1284

Philip son of William de Ew grants to John de Ew an area in Horsemonger Street

D.5.4.

Salter 1
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1284

The Prior of St. Frideswide’s quitclaims to John de Ew a rent on Mareys Hall

D.5.6.

Salter 3
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1284

John de Ew grants to Thomas de Ew his son three areas in Horsemonger Street

D.5.7.

Salter 4
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1284

Thomas de Ew appoints an attorney to receive seisin from his father of plot of ground in Horsemonger Street

D.5.8.

Salter 5
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1284

Stephen de Balliol accepts that he owes £49 to the Principal and Scholars of the House of Balliol

D.6. 36.

Salter 600
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1285

Licence in Mortmain by Edward I

D.5.14.

Salter 14
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ca 1285

Dervorguilla grants her plot of ground in Horsemonger Street to the Principal and Scholars of Balliol

D.5.15.

Salter 10
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1285

An inspeximus of a charter of Dervorguilla by John de Balliol her son

D.5.16

Salter 11
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1285

An inspeximus of a charter of Dervorguilla by John de Balliol her son

D.5.17

Salter 11
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1285

Re the recovery of a debt from the executors of Alan Fitz-Count

D.6. 33.

Salter 602
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1285

Re the recovery of a debt from the executors of Alan Fitz-Count

D.6. 34.

Salter 601
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1285-1286

John de Ew confirms the grant of Thomas his son

D.5.13.

Salter 9
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1286

Adam de Lindsey owes £45 18s. 8d. to the House of Balliol

D.6. 37.

Salter 603
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1287

Grant to Balliol College of moneys owed to the late John de Balliol

D.4.5.

Salter 567
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1287

Grant to Balliol College of moneys owed to the late John de Balliol

D.4.6.

Salter 568
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1287

A modification of the above Grant to Balliol College of moneys owed to the late John de Balliol

D.4.7.

Salter 569
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1287

Hugo de Euer owes £22 10s. 10d. to the House of Balliol

D.6. 35.

Salter 604
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1289

John de Eynesham grants to Henry de Berewyke a rent of two shillings on houses in Horsemonger Street

D.5.3.

Salter 17
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1291-1292

Land to the north of the earliest tenements of Balliol, John le Sauser grants to Walter de Foderingeye a part of his land

D.5.18.

Salter 18
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1293

The College is allowed by the Bishop of Lincoln to have an Oratory

D.6. 17.

Salter 582
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1293

A duplicate of D.6.17

D.6. 18.

 

1300

Bishop John Dalderby confirms the grant of his predecessor

D.6. 19.

Salter 583
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1303

John Feteplace grants two plots of ground in Horsemonger Street to Thomas de Heworth and Thomas de Pontefract

D.5.1.

Salter 15
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1310

Gilbert de Pontefract and Thomas de Humbletone grant the two plots to Balliol

D.5.2.

Salter 16
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1325

The two external Masters of the College decide that the students must attend the Schools of Arts and no others

D.4.8.

Salter 570
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1327/8

Gifts by Nicholas de Quappelade, Abbot of Reading, towards building the Chapel of St. Katherine

D.6. 21.

Salter 584
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1329

John de Clavering owes 25 marks to Balliol Hall

D.6. 38.

Salter 605
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document too large for scanning

1340

Statutes of Sir Philip de Somervile

D.7.5.

Salter 571
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1342/3

Thomas Bishop of Lincoln confirms the grant of his predecessors re the Chapel

D.6. 22.

Salter 585
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1346

Thomas Bishop of Lincoln grants permission to the College to have a Chapel

D.6. 23.

Salter 586
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1364/5

The Bishop of London, commissioned by the Pope, sends for a copy of the two sets of Statutes that had been given to Balliol

D.4.9.

Salter 574
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1364

Pope Urbanus V grants permission to the College to use a Chapel

D.6. 20.

Salter 587
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1368

John de Buckingham, Bishop of Lincoln, grants permission to Balliol to have a Chapel

D.6. 24.

Salter 588
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1384

Balliol College and Corporation of Oxford, exemption from tenths for tenements in Oxford

D.7.6.

Salter 563
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1433

The external Masters, or Rectors, of the College inform the Bishop of London that they have declared one of the Statutes of the College to be harmful

D.6. 11*.

Salter 575
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1433

The Bishop of London alters one of the Statutes of the College

D.6. 11.

Salter 576
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1433

A duplicate of D.6.11

D.6. 12.

 

1458

King Henry VI to Balliol College, charter of pardon

D.7.1.

 

1470

The Bishop of London alters two of the Statutes

D.6. 13.

Salter 577
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document too large for scanning

1484

Dispensation by Pope Sixtus IV to William Bell, Vicar of Stokyngham, for non-residence

D.7.4.

 

1503

A commission by Pope Alexander to examine and emend the Statutes of the College

D.6. 14.

Salter 578
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not scanned

1507

Fox's Statutes (copied early 16th century)

Statute Books 1

 

1507 Not found 07/03.

The Bishop of Winchester bids the College to take an oath before John Claymond to observe the new Statutes

D.6. 16.

Salter 581
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1507

The Bishop of Winchester, having made new Statutes for Balliol, writes to John Claymond to receive the oath to observe them from the members of the College

D.6. 15.

Salter 580
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1547

King Edward VI to Balliol College, charter of pardon

D.7.2.

 

       
document too large for scanning

1571

Queen Elizabeth to Balliol College, Licence in Mortmain to hold rents to the value of £200

D.7.3.

 

document too large for scanning

1587

Original Letters Patent of Queen Elizabeth

D.7.8.

 

document too large for scanning

ca 1680

Copy in the hand of Nicholas Crouch of Queen Elizabeth’s Letters Patent to Balliol College confirming grants to the College from Edward II, III, Richard II, Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth

D.7.7.

 

document not scanned

1862

Licence in Mortmain, in special case

D.4.13.

 

 

1. HE Salter, Oxford Balliol Deeds, 1913.

2. F de Paravicini, Early History of Balliol College, 1891.

3. Anonymous (compiled by Sir John Conroy), Domus de Balliolo, n.d., about 1891.

- Anna Sander


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