Catalogue of the Journals of Richard Chiswell the Younger (1673-1751) and Trench Chiswell (1735?-1797), 1696-1796

University of Oxford, Bodleian Library

2001

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Introduction
A    Journals of Richard Chiswell the Younger, 1696-1738
B    Journals of Trench Chiswell, grandson of Richard the Younger, 1794-6


Journals of Richard Chiswell the Younger and Trench Chiswell, 1696-1796

Abstract:
Journals of Richard Chiswell the Younger (1673-1751) Turkey merchant and traveller and the journals of his grandson, Trench Chiswell (1735?-1797) merchant and antiquary, 1696-1796.

Shelfmarks: MSS. Don. c. 181-2, d. 193-4, e. 169; MSS. Eng. e. 2403-8

Extent: 11 shelfmarks

Biographical History

Richard Chiswell the Younger (1673-1751), Turkey merchant and traveller - see Dictionary of National Biography. Trench Chiswell (1735?-1797), London merchant and antiquary - see Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

The journals give detailed descriptions, observations and opinions of many towns and buildings throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

Arrangement

The journals are arranged by author and chronologically.

Acquisition

Acquired from D.P. White, 1991.

Preferred Form of Citation

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. e. 2403, fols. 1-2].


A   Journals of Richard Chiswell the Younger, 1696-1738

Acquisition: Bought, D.P. White, Occasional List 40 (May 1991), items 2-6, and given by Bodley's Canadian Friends, 1991.

Journal describing a journey from London to Lucca, Mar.-June 1696
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 181
Extent: 18 leaves

Scope and Content:

Chiswell describes a journey made with Henry Mandrell, Jerome Rawstorn, Natt. Hill and Richard Payler and gives detailed descriptions of towns and cities they pass through, including

  • (fols. 3-4) Amsterdam
  • (fols. 5-6) Cologne
  • (fol. 6) Bonn
  • (fols. 8-10) Munich
  • (fols. 12-14) Venice
  • (fols. 15-16) Florence
  • (fol. 17) Pisa
  • (fols. 17-18) Lucca

Notebook describing various events in Turkey, 1730
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 182
Extent: iv + 88 'pages', 73-88 blank

Scope and Content:

Including

  • (fols. 1-12) 'An Account of His Excellency's the Earl of Kinnoull's Visits to the Grand Vizier and the grand Signior, Embassador from His Majesty the King of Great Britain to Constantinople', May-June 1730
  • (fols. 13-22) 'An Account of the Ceremony (called by the Turks the Alloy) that was performed when the Grand Signior march'd into Camp at Scutari, going against the Persians, July 23 1730...'
  • (fols. 59-67) 'Some Remarks upon the Sedition that happened at Constantinople the 24 March in the night and which was put a stop to the 25. 1731'

Journal describing a trip from Constantinople to 'Brusia' ( Bursa), 1731
Shelfmark: MS. Don. e. 169
Extent: 12 leaves

Scope and Content:

Chiswell describes the journey to Bursa and gives details of the town and surrounding area, including

  • (fols. 3-5) the bath houses in Bursa
  • (fols. 5-8) his ascent of Mount Olympus

Notebook on Turkey, c.1733
Shelfmark: MS. Don. d. 193
Extent: 36 leaves

Scope and Content:

Mainly miscellaneous notes on Turkey with (fols. 16-17) descriptions of three aqueducts near Belgrade


Notes on journeys made in France and England, 1735-8, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Don. d. 194
Extent: 22 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-8) notes of a visit to Paris and the surrounding area, n.d.
  • (fols. 9-10) description of a 'tour made from London with Mr. Muilman' and including visits to (fol. 9) Windsor and (fol. 10) Oxford, 1735
  • (fols. 11-22) 'some observations upon a tour made in England in the year 1738' including visits to (fols. 12-14) Oxfordshire and (fols. 14-15) Gloucestershire

B   Journals of Trench Chiswell, grandson of Richard the Younger, 1794-6

Acquisition: Bought from D.P. White, Occasional List 37 (1991), item 338

Journal describing 'Observations on a tour to Derbyshire, the Lakes and parts of Scotland', July 1794
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 2403
Extent: 52 pages

Scope and Content:

Including visits to

  • (pages 20-2) Manchester
  • (pages 32-3) Kendal
Note: Journal incomplete, several pages missing including covers

Journal 'Part the Second', Aug. 1794
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 2404
Extent: i + 67 pages

Scope and Content:

A continuation of the journey described above in MS. Eng. e. 2403, and including descriptions of

  • (pages 1-7) Glasgow
  • (pages 46-53) Edinburgh

Journal of a visit to Wales, July-Aug. 1795
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 2405
Extent: 36 leaves

Scope and Content:

Including visits to

  • (fols. 11-12) Monmouth
  • (fol. 13) Chepstow
  • (fols. 13-14) Cardiff
  • (fols. 14-15) Caerphilly

Journal, Aug. 1795
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 2406
Extent: 36 leaves

Scope and Content:

A continuation of the journey described above in MS. Eng. e. 2405, and including visits to

  • (fols. 1-2) Anglesey
  • (fols. 9-10) Denbigh
  • (fols. 15-17) Chester

Journal, 'Sketch of a tour through Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire etc.', Aug.-Sept. 1796
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 2407
Extent: 40 leaves
Note: Incomplete, with several pages missing at the end of the journal

Fragment of a journal, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 2408
Extent: 5 leaves

Scope and Content:

Including description of

  • (fols. 3-4) Warwick Castle

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