Hanney, Thomas (DNB00)

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Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 24
Hanney, Thomas

by Reginald Lane-Poole
Thomas Hanneya in the ODNB.

HANNEY or DE HANNEYA, THOMAS (fl. 1313), is the author of a treatise, 'De quatuor partibus Grammaticæ,' known as the 'Memoriale Iuniorum,' which is extant in two manuscripts in the Bodleian Library (Cod. Bodl. 643, ff. 127-255, and Auct. F. 3. 9, pp. 181-340). A note at the end of the table of contents, which has been variously amplified and elaborated by Bale (Scriptt. Brit. Cat. xiii. 90, pt. ii. p. 156), Pits (De Anglia Scriptoribus, p. 482), and Tanner (Bibl. Brit. p. 376), states that Thomas de Hanneya compiled the treatise, and continues thus: 'Inchoavit [autem] apud Tolosam istum, xii. kalendas Maii anno gratie 1313, et consummavit eundem apud Lewes ad instanciam magistri Iohannis de Chertesia rectoris scolarum loci illius, iv. kalendas Decembris eodem anno' (Bodl. 643, f. 134 b, col. 1, Auct. F. 3. 9, p. 189, col. 3). There appears to be no evidence that the writer was an Englishman, but if he was he may be assumed to have taken his name from Hanney in Berkshire, not far from Wantage, which place is spelled Hanneye in a roll of 8 Edward II (Calend. Inquis. post Mortem, i. 268, col. 1). The date, which in both the Bodleian manuscripts is 1313, is given by Bale (manuscript note-book, Cod. Seld. supra 64 f. 181 b), apparently from another copy, as 1363, whence the round number 1360 has percolated into the dictionaries. The scribe of Bodl. 643 has signed his name John Esteby, who has accordingly been described in the Cat. Libr. MSS. Angl. 1697, No. 2256, as the author of the treatise.

[The manuscripts noticed above.]

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