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Surtees Society (c. 13th-19th century)

The Surtees Society is dedicated to the publication of manuscripts illustrative of the history of the ancient kingdom of Northumbria, principally of County Durham and Northumberland in North East England. The Society was founded in 1834 in honour of Robert Surtees of Mainsforth (1779-1834), the author of The History and Antiquities of the County Palatine of Durham (1816-1840). Its stated aim was: ‘to have for its object the Publication of inedited Manuscripts, illustrative of the intellectual, the moral, the religious, and the social condition of those parts of England and Scotland, included on the East between the Humber and the Firth of Forth, and on the West between the Mersey and the Clyde, a region which constituted the Ancient Kingdom of Northumberland.’

The Library holds c. 200 volumes published from 1838 to date. Titles in the series include: The Cartulary of Byland Abbey; The York Breviary; Archbishop Gray’s register; and, Royal Visitation of 1559. Latin texts from the medieval period (c. 13th-16th century) are reproduced without translation.