Additional Eighteenth-Century Materials on Middle English in the Hunterian Collection of the Glasgow University Library
Expands on Carl Grindley’s discovery of an eighteenth-century concordance of PPl in Glasgow, Hunterian MS 311 (see ‘Annotated Bibliography, 1995’, YLS, 10 , item 32). Grindley noted that this MS forms a group with MSS 312 and 313, concordances to Chaucer and Langcroft, respectively; this note shows further that this group can also be associated with two other Hunterian MSS, 621, a grammar of the language of Robert of Gloucester, and 622, a grammar of Wyclif’s language, which are in the same hand as 311-13. The note offers full descriptions of all five MSS, and dates their accession into the Hunterian collection to ca. 1779-1807. These items confirm the eighteenth-century interest in the Middle English language.