Thomas Ocley d.1538

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Thomas OCLEY or OCKLEY d.1538

Biographical Note

BA University of Oxford 1520, where he spent some time as a schoolmaster; he later moved to Cambridge, where he graduated MA in 1534 and was recorded as pensioner of Gonville Hall, 1535-37.


Ocley's probate inventory includes 106 titles, in 120 volumes, valued at £9 13s 5d (from a total estate valued at ca.£22 3s). The books are largely Latin, with a predominance of theology alongside some classics, philosophy, and other subjects; a few books in English, including an English Bible, were included. The full inventory is edited as Leedham-Green no.4 (see full citation below).


  • Leedham-Green, E. S., Books in Cambridge inventories, Cambridge, 1986, no.4/pp.9-11
  • Smith, M. H., Some humanist libraries in early Tudor Cambridge, Sixteenth Century Journal 1 (1974), 15-34.