c.17th-18th century herbal manuscript referencing 'Parkinson', presumed to be herbalist John Parkinson (1567-1650), author of the most popular printed herbal during this period "Theatrum Botanicum - Theatre of Plants". The manuscript appears to have been written in 2 different hands and contains 15 pages of recipes with indexes (index on first page, as well as middle of volume and end). Includes recipes: 'for the falling sickness', 'for the biting of a mad dog', 'A salve for any sore', 'To increase breath in a consumption', and 'To stay the inordinant courses of women'. The herbal is bound within a soft stitched cover which is damaged extensively at the back.





A very Soueraign oyntment for scabbs, fellons, anguish of wounds, or swellings, bruses, overstreching of sinnewes, & veines, cramps, stiches, seattica, burnings, scaldings, streans, either in man or beast, to be made in May

Take red sage & rue of each 1li of the youngest bay leaues or budds, & wormewood of each halfe pound, pick them very cleare but wash them not, chop them very small {X}& take 3 parts of sheeps suit hott from the sheep, shread it very small, then chop it togather with the herbs, putt them into a morter, & beate them till they bee all of one colour, then putt them all into a boule, with a pottle of the best oyle oliue then with your hands worke them all togather, till it become all alike soft {182}then put them into a new earthen pott or pipkin, let them stand soe for 8 dayes, then boile them in a pan with a soft fire, & when it is halfe sodd, put in 4 oʒ of the oyle of spick, keep it stirring for feare of burneing. You shall know when its boyld enough, if you drop a little of it now & then in a sauser, and when it is as green as may be then it is well, then streyne it through a stong canvas bagg into a great platter, then put it into galley potts, & with canvas & leather bound close about it, keep it for your use. It will last many years. Annoint the greiued place therwith. If you rub the small of the back therwith it easeth the stone; & helps all the paines of the eares if you take but halfe the bignes of a pea of it, & close it in your eare with black wooll. Lady Edolph

A cooleing broth for one in a burneing feauer.

Dresse a chicken or red cock dry it well & boyle it with coole herbs, as the rootes of sorrell, plantine & fennell, the leaves of indive, cichory, the flowers {O}of borrage & buglas, when it is throughly boyled, chop the chicken small & streyne it with the broth & iuce, season it & use it for your diet. ffor the further mittigation of the heate, take picked barley, & use it as you doe the said wheat to make frumanty, when it is well husked boyle it as you doe the said wheat, till it crack, now & then eate that, with a little of that it is boyld in. you may first boyle your barley, in that decoction boyle your chicken as before, sweeten it with sugar & giue it a tast with some red rose water. If the patient desire much drinke, gett some fillbeards, pick of the pills on the fennell, grind them as you doe allmonds blanched, & with the decoction of the said barley make as it were almond milke, season it & let this be your drink sometimes when you are dry. Dr Caudry.

To ease the paine in the head. {X} Take of sage & elder leaues, of each a like quantity, put them into an earthen platter, with a little vineger, sett them on some coles till they be raked togather, like a rose cake, then wash the temples, with a little rose water, & then bind the said cake to the for part of the head soe hot as may be well indured, after you put some grated nuttmeggs theron. An oyntment for old ulcers aposthumes green wounds and all cutts & hurts in the head. Videlicet. Gerrard. fol. 285. Athersponge. or Necolian. Idem.

Last edit 8 months ago by Katy Mair



Another for headack.

Hemlocks boyld as soft as papp, then layd to the head wher the paine is when you goe to bedd, & shifted euery 12 howers for 2 or 3 dayes togather will help you. {X}

ffor the canker in the mouth, or for a sore mouth. {O}Take of Sage of fennill of 5 leau'd grasse of each a handfull, of holythistle halfe handfull, wash them, swing them in a linnen cloth, stamp them & streyne them into a porringer, then powder a paire of Allum of the bignes of a walnutt put it, & soe much hony as will sweeten it to all the stuffe: set all togather on a soft fire 2 or 3 whalmes, alwayes stirring it that it lumpen not & soe put it into a galley pott. When you use it, take a little with a spoone & warme it, & with a cloth tied on a little stick, or with your finger dipped in the spoone anoint the greived place 3 or 4 times a day, but neither presently before meat, nor within an howar after meate. Mis Lamlay. probat.

Another Take 5 leaued grasse, red sage, red fennill, & woodbine leaves of each a {X}handfull, stamp them well in a stone morter, streyne them, then boyle the said iuce with 2 spoonfulls of hony, till they be incorporated all wayes stirring of them, then take it from the fire, & put it into a pott for your use. Use it as the other. Mis Lamlay.

{X}A preseruatiue against the plague. Take of sage [red] elder leaues, & red bramble leaues of each a handfull, {185}stampe them togather & streyne them with a quart of white wine through a cloth, then put a little ginger into it, & drink therof a spoonefull for 9 dayes togather euening & morneing.

{X}ffor one infected withe plague. Take 1 oʒ of sorrell water, as much dragon water, & 3 dramms of good {186}treacle, & giue to the patient fasting, & cause him to sweat after it, with 24 howers after he is infected.

ffor one suspected to haue the plague. {X}Take a great onion,then take out the core, & fill it with good treacle, wrap it in paper, & rost it in imbers till it be soft, then streyne the same with vinegar sweeten it with sugar & giue 2 spoonefulls of liquor to the patient fasting & with in 12 howers you may see whether he hath the sicknesse or noe.

Another for one infected. {X}Take the powder of bay berries (the huske taken from them) a good spoonefull before they be dried, put it into a draught of white wine stale ale or beere & soe drinke it, & sweat in bed, but sleep not.

Another {X}Take wormewood & herbegrace, & steep them all night in a pint of beare with a lemon stired, & drink them in the morneing fasting. Or Take a walnutt kenell, a corne of salt, & 4 leaues of herbegrace cutt all very small & putt them into a blue figg, rost it & then eate it fast an hower after & use this dayly.

To ripen the sore. {X}Lay a hott loafe newly drawen to it, & when you take yt away lay a fresh but be sure you burie the bread afterwards.

Last edit 8 months ago by Katy Mair
Blank Page


This page is blank

Last edit over 1 year ago by Julia


A table of the receipts in this part of the booke following:

A. oyle for aks. 2 ff. to cure a fistulae. 4.
ague.3. against faint fitts. 9.
ackes in Bones. 13. 14. heat in the face. 12.
an ague in womens breasts. 20. flux. 20
ankles swelled to cure. 29. fellons. 21.
burneing feaver. 21.
falling sicknes 25.
falling of the fundament. 25.
B to stay bleading. 1. G green sicknes. 12.
Barley water. 3 gout. 13. 27.
For a burne or scald. 6. 29 gelly of hartshornn. 23.
heate in the back. 6.
bruise. 8. inward. 17 .21 .
paine in the back. 14.
sore breast 24.
to draw out bones or bulletts. 28.
C Chinchough.1. H trembling of the hart. 2. 9. 10
Swelling in the codds.2. heate within.3.
Chilblains. kikes. 3. 26. for giddiness of the head. 18.
Collick. 3. 19. paine in the head. 21. 22.
Cough. 6. 18. p.29. gibb heeles. 26
Consumption. 7. 10. 23.
A syrrupe for a cold. 8
Cherry water. 9.
cankard sore. 15.
cramps. 21.
D Dropsay. 5 J Julip. of China. 5.
deafness. 24 . jaundis. 8.
to ripen an imposthume. 13 .
paine in a ioynt. 14. 25.
K Dropsay. 5 K
E. noyse in the eares. 12. 24
K. Edwards water for the eyes.16.
to cleare the eyes. 18. 23. 29.
apotshumes in the eares. 19.
Emrods. 27.
Last edit about 1 year ago by Katy Mair


L. Liquorish cure to make. 6. Q Queens powder. 15.
quinsey. 24.
M. against melancholy. 1. 9 R. Rupture to cure. 11.
[furd] mouth. 2 Ricketts. 27. 28.
sore mouth or canker ther. 12. 22 . fflux or rume that descendeth to the mouth or teeth. 28.
n. to stay bleeding at the nose. 9. S Stickes or stoping. 2. 16. 21 .
nauell of a child that comes out. 26. strayne. 2. 3. 8. 9. 15 .
ole of swallows 2.
to cause sleep. 6.
scatica. 7 21
sinews shrunk & stiff. 10. 23. 27.
weake stomack. 10
spleene. 12. 20
paine in the stomack. 15
for the stone. 16. 26. in the kidneis. 19.
shingles. 26. 27.
pultis for hard swellings. 29
swellings in the ankles. 29.
O oyle of mare 11.
T swelling of the throat outwardly. 16.
and inwardly. 16.
to draw out thorns. 18.
to fasten loose teeth. 18
sore throate. 24.
U a water for ould ulcers. 26.
P to purge the body. 1. 5. to prouoke urin. 26.
pluresie. 2. 16.
Pills. 5 6.
pimples in the face. 7.
one thats poysoned. 15.
plague. 22. 23. W. to keep women from miscarriage. 28.
paine in a ioynt. 25 [wen] on the eye lid. 27.
cold palsey. 26. Dr Stephens his water. 1.
to procure womens disease. 15
to stay them. 15.
wind in the stomack
wormes in children. 17
a [sea] cloth to draw water out of the body. 17.
chaps in womens breasts. 26.
weakness in womens back caused by the whites. 28.
Last edit about 1 year ago by Julia
Displaying pages 41 - 45 of 85 in total