Sir John Wilde (or Wylde) was the Registrar to the Dean and Chapter in the early seventeenth-century. He died in 1635. His daughter Frances was the wife of Canon John Bargrave, nephew of Dean Isaac Bargrave. A son Dudley Wilde is recorded as giving a book to William Somner which subsequently passed into the Chapter Library.
The Benefactors' Book (f.110r) records that Sir John Wilde gave two manuscripts to the Chapter Library:
Johan[n]es Wilde Miles dedit Biblia sacra latine manuscript simul ac Solatium fidelis animæ : fol Item Petrum Lombardu[m] Magist Senten: manuscript fol:
- Shelfmark CCA-DCc/LitMs/B/6
- An early 13th-century copy of the Bible, preceded by a commentary on Genesis by Alexander Neckham called Solatium fidelis animae.
- There is an early provenance inscription of Thomas de Banchester, presumably a monk of St Augustine's Abbey, Canterbury to which the book belonged in the period before the Reformation. The book subsequently passed into the possession of Sir John Wilde (d. 1635), the Registrar to the Dean and Chapter, who is recorded in the Benefactors' Book as giving it to the Chapter Library. The gift can be dated to 1630–1634 as it is listed in first place in the manuscripts section of the 1634 inventory but is not found in the 1630 manuscripts catalogue.