MC:F3 Papers of Alexander Pudsey (Fellow 1661-1721)
Dr. Alexander Pudsey obtained a Demyship in 1657 and a Fellowship in 1661. He matriculated from Magdalen in 1658, received his B.A. 1658-9, M.A. 1661, incorporated at Cambridge 1664, B.D. 1671 and D.D. 1679-80. He was Junior Dean of Arts 1669, Senior Proctor 1670, Bursar 1671, 1676, 1682, 1687, 1688, 1693 & 1699, Dean of Divinity 1675, Vice-President 1678. Pudsey was one of the fellows expelled by James II on 16 Nov. 1687. He, along with the other fellows, was restored on 25 Oct. 1688. Pudsey’s part in the royal commission and 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). Pudsey was a runner-up in 1701 when Rogers was elected President on the resignation of John Hough. Pudsey was buried in the ante-chapel and a monument was erected. His will is preserved in the University Archives.
This notebook was almost certainly once in the possession of Martin Routh, President of Magdalen 1791-1854. Lot 183 of the catalogue of his manuscripts, auctioned in July 1855 is described as ìPudsey, Dr. … Autograph Memoranda, containing List of his Books, Expenses, Receipts from the College, &c. in 1688-9″, which must be this volume, which was presumably bought for the College at this sale. It is not known how Routh had come by the book.
Catalogued in January 2005.
Small 62 folio notebook written from both ends testified as being Pudsey’s by an inscription in the hand of Martin Routh (President 1791-1854). The notebook is largely blank with a few notes of bursars’ accounts, private expenses and some lists of books.
Fols 5-6, 53v-54v: Books from Langley Anno 1681-
Fols. 12-32: an alphabetical catalogue of books in which little has been entered
Fols. 34-35: notes of expenses of a journey into Lincolnshire, a journey into London in 1690 and of a lawsuit 1690-93
Fols. 36, 52-54: notes from Acta Eruditorum, 1682 and other books
Fols. 59v, 60: the contents are bills and accounts, lists of linen
Fol. 62v: Martin Routh has written here ‘This book belonged to Dr. Pudsey a Fellow of Magdalen College, who died possessed of his Fellowship about the year of 1720, after having been restored to it a short time before the arrival of the Prince of Orange in England.’