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Tripos verses

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.3873

Scope and Contents

44 sets of Latin verses, circulated when an act for degree was kept, written in various hands. Nos 1-14 are dated 1575-1584. The following are endorsed: 'Carmina bach. tripodis 17o f[eb.] primo die quadragesime 1579 secundum compotum ecclesie Anglie' [3]; 'Carmina patris viz magistri Hutchynson in ultimo actu scilicet 17 Martii 1579 secundum compu[tum...]' [4]; 'Carmina patris die comitiorum quadragesime 1581' [7]; 'primo die Quadragesime 1582 secundum computum ecclesie etc. D. Palmer Tri.' [9]; 'In comitiis 1582' [10]; 'In vesp. in philosophia 1582 Mr Cowell' [11]; 'In vespere comitiorum 1582 Mr Incept Tyndall' [12]; 'In die comitiorum 1583 Mr Beamond' [13] (under backing); 'In postremo actu viz 2 Aprilis 1584 Mr Ferbecke' [14]. There are notes on the flyleaves by John Willis Clark, Registrary, 27 October 1899, relating to the transfer of the verses to the Library.


  • Creation: 1575-1590 (Circa)


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Biographical / Historical

The Tripos is the formal examinations of the University of Cambridge. It is commonly divided into two parts, which are taken successively. Hector Munro Chadwick (1870-1947) was professor of Anglo-Saxon at Cambridge University, 1912-1945. Queen Elizabeth visited Cambridge University in August 1564. Sir William Cecil, Secretary of State and Chancellor of the University, requested that a book be compiled of verses composed by members of the University in honour of the visit. Most of the colleges contributed verses, but King's College compiled its own volume. The book was presented to the Queen and returned by her to Cecil. A second volume, detailing college founders, benefactors and members, was prepared, but is now lost.


1 volume(s) (1 volume paper) : paper

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

In Registry until 1899. Bound and transferred to the Library (see notes on flyleaves by John Willis Clark, Registrary, 27 Oct. 1899).

Existence and Location of Copies

Microfilm available

Related Materials

See also 'A Report by the Registrary on the collection of Tripos verses collected and arranged by him for the University Library', 6 June 1900 (CUA ULIB 7/1/10).

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