Album connected with the Byron family

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Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7967
Title: Album connected with the Byron family
Dates of Creation: 19th century
Extent: 162 leaves
Language(s) of Material: English


A commonplace book kept by Frances Parkyns and members of her family from around 1800. The Parkyns may have been related to the Byrons by marriage and it was with the family that Byron stayed in Nottingham between November 1798 and July 1799 while he was being tutored and having his foot treated. Frances Parkyns is almost certainly the ‘Miss Frances’ Byron refers to in ‘the first letter I ever wrote’ on 8 November 1798.The album includes copies of Byron poems, with variants; poems by Frances Parkyns, and notes, cuttings, and other material relating to Byron’s mother. It is one of the earliest examples of captured Byron ‘trophies’, most notably a collection of pressed leaves from the cloisters and garden at Newstead Abbey.

Scope and Content

Comprises (fols. 1-77) the main album which includes:

and (fols. 78-154) four fascicules, numbered 1-4, containing loose papers (undated manuscripts unless stated otherwise), roughly sorted by category:

and (fols. 155-162) eight folders, numbered 5-12, containing loose matter mounted in Melinex envelopes:

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from John Hart in 2010

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. Eng. c. 7967, fols. 1-2

Access Point(s)

Parkyns | Frances | fl 1800


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