Manuscripts from the collection of Christopher, 1st Baron Hatton (1605-70).

Most of the Hatton collection was bought in 1671 by the Bodleian from the London bookseller Robert Scot, who had purchased part of the library of Christopher, first Baron Hatton (d. 1670). He was the first cousin once removed of Sir Christopher Hatton, the Elizabethan courtier. A strong royalist, he was Controller of the Royal Household while Charles I's court was at Oxford from 1643 to 1646. He retired to France in 1648, and returned to England after the Restoration. He was a close friend of Clarendon and of a number of antiquaries, including Sir William Dugdale and Roger Dodsworth.

MSS. Hatton 113-116 ('Hatton Homilies', SC nos. 5134-5136, 5210) were given in 1675 by the first Baron Hatton's son Christopher (second Baron Hatton, first Viscount Hatton, 1632-1706), and for some time formed part of the Junius collection.

MSS. Hatton 'Donati' (Hatton donat.) were the gift, perhaps about 1675, of Captain Charles Hatton, the brother of the first Baron Hatton.