Catalogue of the papers of John Fane, 11th Earl of Westmorland, 1805-58

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Papers of John Fane, 11th Earl of Westmorland, 1805-58

Papers, mainly correspondence, of John Fane, 11th Earl of Westmorland, 1805-58, mainly relating to his diplomatic posting in Florence

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 4861-3, d. 2577

Extent: 4 shelfmarks

Biographical History

John Fane, 11th Earl of Westmorland (1784-1859) served in the British army in Sicily, 1806-7, and in the Peninsular, 1808-10; he was minister plenipotentary in Florence, 1814-30, and resident minister at Berlin, 1841-51. See Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

The correspondence relates to Greece, mainly 1815-30 (MS. Eng. c. 4861), Florence, 1829-38 (MS. Eng. c. 4862) and orders and honours conferred on Westmorland, 1805-48 (MS. Eng. c. 4863), with correspondence with Lord Aberdeen, 1828-48 (MS. Eng. d. 2577).


The correspondence was arranged and uniformly bound in half black morocco gilt, marbled boards, in 1858 and (MS. Eng. d. 2577) 1859. Each volume has a list of contents which summarises the subject matter of each item.


Bought, with MS. Eng. misc. b. 433, fols. 36-9, with the help of the Friends of the Bodleian, Christie's, 29 June 1994, lot 98.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 4863, fols. 1-2].

Personal names (NCA Rules)

Fane | John | 1784-1859 | 11th Earl of Westmorland | general

Place names (NCA Rules)

Florence | Italy

Subjects (LCSH)

Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- 1800-1837
Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- Greece
Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- Italy
Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815

Descriptive List

Correspondence on the affairs of Greece, 1815-19, 1827-30, 1850
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 4861
Extent: xvi + 226 pages

Scope and Content:

Includes many letters to and from Sir Richard Church, 1815-30, and Admiral Sir Edward Codrington, 1827-8.

Correspondence while resident in Florence, and after, 1829-38
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 4862
Extent: xii + 258 pages

Scope and Content:


  • (pp. 75-6) protest of Walter Savage Landor on being ordered to leave Tuscany, 1829
  • (pp. 173-6, 193-200, 223-40, 249-52) letters from Count Fossombroni, 1830-8
  • (pp. 185-8) a letter from General William Miller in Lima, 1830

Letters and documents, 1805-58
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 4863
Extent: xvi + 375 leaves

Scope and Content:

Mainly comprises correspondence and papers relating to

  • (fols. 1-181) orders conferred on Lord Westmorland, 1814-56, including several relating to his military service in the Napoleonic campaigns, 1814-15
  • (fols. 183-253) gifts from European rulers, 1831-58
  • (fols. 255-86) his admission to literary and musical societies in Italy and Berlin, 1815-46
  • (fols. 288-372) his military career, 1805-52
Related Material:

See also the guard-book MS. Eng. misc. b. 433, fols. 36-9.

Letters from Lord Aberdeen, with copies of Westmorland's replies, 1828-48
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2577
Extent: xxii + 438 pages

Scope and Content:

With (pp. 425-32) two letters from Sir Robert Peel, 1846.

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