Bollard, Nicholas (DNB00)

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BOLLARD, NICHOLAS (fl. 1500?), naturalist, was the author of a work on arboriculture which is often met with in manuscripts of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. It is entitled ‘A Tretee of Nicholas Bullard departid in 3 parties: 1 Of gendryng of Trees; 2 of graffynge; the third forsoth of altracion,' Two copies are now in the British Museum (Cotton. MS. Jul. D. viii. ii; Addit. MS. 5467); another is in the Cambridge University Library (Ee. i. 13 ff. 124 a-129). Bishop More and Halph Thoreshy owned copies of the ‘Tretee,’ which has never been printed. Bale states that Bullard was also the author of a treatise called ‘Experimenta Naturalia,’ and that he saw a copy of the work at the house of Thomas Caius at Oxford, but it is not otherwise known. Tanner asserts that Bullard was educated at Oxford.

[Tanner's Bibi. Brit.; Thoresby's Ducatus Leod., ed. Whittaker, p. 83; Cat, of MSS in the Brit. Mus. and Camh. Univ. Lib.]

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