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Account of the visit of James, Duke of York, to Oxford and Rycote

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Account of the visit of James, Duke of York, to Oxford and Rycote

Author
Anthony Wood
Date
1683
Medium
Manuscript

In May 1683 the heir to the throne James, Duke of York, and his wife Mary of Modena, and his daughter from his first marriage, Anne (the future Queen Anne) visited Oxford and the University. The Oxford antiquary Anthony Wood compiled this description of the five day royal visit. According to Wood, the royal party were greeted at the east gate by the Earl of Abingdon, the mayor and councilmen to "great shouts & applauses." Over the course of the next five days the royal visitors were entertained by various Oxford colleges and at other University destinations including the Botanic Garden, the Ashmolean Museum and the Bodleian Library. The visit was concluded with a "most noble & splendid diner" hosted by the Earl of Abingdon at Rycote on 22 May.

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