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Collection Level Description: Gilpin Papers

Reference: MSS. Eng. misc. b. 73, c. 387-93, d. 556-88, e. 486-539, f. 178-378
Title: Gilpin Papers
Dates of Creation: 1658-1927
Extent: 295 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

William Gilpin (1724-1804) was a clergyman, educationist, biographer and topographer. His son was William Gilpin (1757-1848), Rector of Pulverbatch. Details of William Gilpin (1724-1804) are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

Correspondence and papers of William Gilpin, with later Gilpin family papers, consisting of:

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers came to the Library in three separate donations, 1962-3. MS. Eng. misc. d. 566/1 was bought at Sotheby's in 1981.

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Further Information

Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 42402-697.

Related Units of Description

See also Papers of William Gilpin (MSS. Eng. lett. b. 36, c. 534; Eng. misc. d. 1204-7, e. 1318-26; Eng. poet. c. 71, d. 221-4, e. 175-8; Lat. misc. c. 94) and Illustrated notebooks of William Gilpin (MSS. Eng. e. 3326-9).

Access Points


Diaries | 18th century

Diaries | 19th century

Benson | Samuel | 1799-1881 | Anglican clergyman, author vicar of St Saviour's, Southwark

Gilpin | William | 1724-1804 | Clergyman Educationist Biographer Topographer

Gilpin | William | 1757-1848 | Rector of Pulverbatch

Great Britain | Topography

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