MC:F6 Papers of Thomas Bateman (Fellow 1678-1689)
How and when the notebook came to the archives is unclear. Thomas Bateman was a Fellow of Magdalen College from 1678-1687 and 1688-89. He matriculated in 1674. Bateman obtained a BA in 1678 and an MA in 1680. He was expelled by the Commissioners of James II in 1687 and restored in 1688. The events of 1687-1688 are discussed in J.R. Bloxamís Magdalen College and King James II 1686-1688: A Series of Documents (Oxford, 1886) and Laurence Brockliss et al Magdalen College and the Crown: Essays for the Tercentenary of the Restoration of the College 1688 (Oxford, 1988). [Other documents relating to the events of 1687-88 can be found in MC:P261] Bateman resigned in 1689, having, as Anthony Wood states, been married during the time of his expulsion in 1688 (Life and Times, iii. 533). Bateman became Vicar of Theddingworth, co. Leicester. He died in 1722.
Catalogued January 2005
Notebook containing 95 leaves and foliated i-iii, 1-92. The rectos of fols 1-91 contain an account of the ‘Magdalen College case’ April- November 1687 presumably in the hand of Thomas Bateman. The verges were filled by William Bateman in 1719 and 1720 (see ff 40v and 55v) with prayers, meditations and extracts from Seneca in English.
Fol. 1: E libris Gulielani Bateman is written in the same hand as on the verges.
Fol. 55v: notes the births of four children, Ann, Thomas, Bridget and William Bateman (1688-1692).
Fol. 92: notes of a flood at Harborough Magna, 6 May 1721.