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Collection Level Description: Diary of J. Barrow

Reference: MSS. Eng. hist. d. 18-81
Title: Diary of J. Barrow
Dates of Creation: 1860-98
Extent: 64 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Lieutenant Colonel John Barrow (1808-1898), son of Sir John Barrow.

Scope and Content

An illustrated personal diary or 'Log Book' kept at Monte Rosa Villa, Kingham, near Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire, and at 17 Hanover Terrace, Regent's Park, London, by Lieutenant Colonel John Barrow, including also his visits to various parts of England and the Continent. The period covered is from August 1864 to November 1898. The illustrations consist of photographs and engravings, and there are also a very large number of cuttings from the Times and other papers illustrative of current public subjects or events (especially Arctic exploration, volunteers, Alpine climbing, the Ulverston district, and the English Lakes), as well as Christmas cards, valentines, and scraps of all kinds, including some letters.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was bequeathed to the Library by Barrow in 1898.

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Further Information

Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. VI, nos. 32610-73.

Access Points

Mountaineering | Alps


Diaries | 19th century

Barrow | John | 1808-1898 | Lieutenant Colonel

Arctic regions | Discovery and exploration

Lake District (England)

Ulverston (England)

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