Catalogue of the archive of Sir William Henry Gregory, 1811-1918

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

Matthew Neely
2011



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Table of Contents

Introduction
A   Major correspondents 1860-1892
B   General correspondence 1835-1891
C   Correspondence as National Gallery trustee [1868?], 1874-1891
D   Correspondence concerning Ceylon 1872-1891
E   Family correspondence and papers 1811-1918
F   Miscellaneous papers 1840-1890


Archive of Sir William Henry Gregory

1811-1918

Abstract:
Correspondence of Sir William Henry Gregory (1816-1892) politician; with other miscellaneous Gregory family papers, 1811-1918.

Extent: 2.55 Linear metres, 27 shelfmarks
Language(s) of Material: English

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. 5966/1-27 (formerly Dep. c. 1272-83; d. 970-83; e. 579)

Biographical/Historical

Sir William Henry Gregory (1816-1892) was the son of Robert Gregory and Elizabeth O’Hara of County Galway, Ireland. He was educated at Mr Iver’s School, Buckinghamshire, Harrow School and Christ Church, Oxford. From 1842 to 1847 he served as the Conservative MP for Dublin. Shortly before the loss of his parliamentary seat he inherited his father’s Coole Park estate, County Galway. In 1857 he was forced to sell half of the estate in order to settle gambling debts accrued from his passion for horse racing. In the same year he was returned to Parliament as the Liberal-Conservative MP for County Galway. He formally joined the Liberal Party shortly after the death of the Prime Minister, Lord Palmerston. In 1866 he declined the offer of an Admiralty post in the government of Lord Russell. In 1871 he was appointed Governor-General of Ceylon where in 1875 upon the visit of the Prince of Wales he was knighted. In 1877 he returned to Ireland and resumed the administration of his estate. Gregory was a passionate supporter of the arts and museums, serving as a trustee of the National Gallery from 1867 until his death. Gregory was twice married. His first wife Elizabeth Clay, whom he married in 1872, died in Ceylon in 1873. He married his second wife, (Isabella) Augusta Persee in 1880 with whom he had one son William Robert Gregory. He died in 1890. For a full biography see ODNB.

Scope and Content

The papers comprise: Major correspondents, 1860-92; General correspondence, 1835-1891; Correspondence as National Gallery trustee, [1868?], 1874-1891; Correspondence concerning Ceylon, 1872-1891; Family correspondence and papers, 1811-1918; Miscellaneous papers, 1840-1890.

Arrangement

Each series is arranged chronologically.

Acquisition

First deposited by the Naval and Military Club, 14 Mar. 2004. Donated by the executors of Major Richard Graham Gregory, MBE, 23 March 2018.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. 5966/1, items 1-2].

Family name(s) (NCA Rules)

Gregory family of Coole Park

Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)

Gregory | Sir William Henry | 1817-1892 | Knight | MP, Governor of Ceylon

Subject(s)

19th century
20th century
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 19th century

A   Major correspondents 1860-1892

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. 5966/1-7


Sir (Austen) Henry Layard
Date: 1860-1880
Shelfmark: MS. 5966/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 119 items

Former reference:

Dep. d. 970

Sir (Austen) Henry Layard
Date: 1881-1883
Shelfmark: MS. 5966/2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 105 items

Former reference:

Dep. d. 971

Sir (Austen) Henry Layard
Date: 1884-1885
Shelfmark: MS. 5966/3
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 95 items

Former reference:

Dep. d. 972

Sir (Austen) Henry Layard
Date: 1886-1888
Shelfmark: MS. 5966/4
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 106 items

Former reference:

Dep. d. 973

Sir (Austen) Henry Layard
Date: 1889-1892
Shelfmark: MS. 5966/5
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 85 items

Former reference:

Dep. d. 974

Augusta Dawson, Countess of Dartrey
Date: 1880-1884
Shelfmark: MS. 5966/6
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 98 items

Former reference:

Dep. e. 579

Augusta Dawson, Countess of Dartrey
Date: 1885-1886
Shelfmark: MS. 5966/7
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 82 items

Former reference:

Dep. d. 975

B   General correspondence 1835-1891

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. 5966/8-15


General correspondence
Date: 1835-1877
Shelfmark: MS. 5966/8
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 187 items

Former reference:

Dep. c. 1273

General correspondence
Date: 1878-1880
Shelfmark: MS. 5966/9
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 140 items

Former reference:

Dep. c. 1274

General correspondence
Date: 1881-1882
Shelfmark: MS. 5966/10
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 159 items

Former reference:

Dep. c. 1275

General correspondence
Date: 1883-1885
Shelfmark: MS. 5966/11
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 165 items

Former reference:

Dep. c. 1276

General correspondence
Date: 1886-1887
Shelfmark: MS. 5966/12
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 114 items

Former reference:

Dep. c. 1277

General correspondence
Date: 1888
Shelfmark: MS. 5966/13
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 79 items

Former reference:

Dep. d. 981

General correspondence
Date: 1889-1891
Shelfmark: MS. 5966/14
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 111 items

Former reference:

Dep. c. 1278

General correspondence
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. 5966/15
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 129 items

Former reference:

Dep. d. 982

C   Correspondence as National Gallery trustee [1868?], 1874-1891

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. 5966/16-18


Correspondence concerning National Gallery affairs
Date: [1868?], 1879-1891
Shelfmark: MS. 5966/16
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 56 items

Former reference:

Dep. c. 1272

Correspondence with Charles, 2nd Viscount Hardinge (trustee)
Date: 1874-1884, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. 5966/17
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 68 items

Former reference:

Dep. d. 977

Correspondence with the director, Sir Frederic William Burton
Date: 1884, 1887-1891
Shelfmark: MS. 5966/18
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 60 items

Former reference:

Dep. d. 976

D   Correspondence concerning Ceylon 1872-1891

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. 5966/19-25


Correspondence as Governor-General
Date: 1872-1877
Shelfmark: MS. 5966/19
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 118 items

Scope and Content

Comprises

Former reference:

Dep. c. 1282

Letters from the Governor-General, Sir Arthur Hamilton-Gordon
Date: 1883-1890
Shelfmark: MS. 5966/20
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 107 items

Former reference:

Dep. d. 980

General correspondence concerning Ceylon
Date: Aug. 1877-Dec. 1878
Shelfmark: MS. 5966/21

Extent: 79 items

Former reference:

Dep. d. 979

Correspondence concerning Ceylon
Date: 1879
Shelfmark: MS. 5966/22
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 89 items

Former reference:

Dep. d. 978

Correspondence concerning Ceylon
Date: 1880-1883
Shelfmark: MS. 5966/23
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 134 items

Former reference:

Dep. c. 1279

Correspondence concerning Ceylon
Date: 1884-1891
Shelfmark: MS. 5966/24
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 134 items

Former reference:

Dep. c. 1280

Correspondence concerning Ceylon
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. 5966/25
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 66 items

Former reference:

Dep. c. 1281

E   Family correspondence and papers 1811-1918

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. 5966/26


Family correspondence and papers
Date: 1811-1918
Shelfmark: MS. 5966/26
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 69 items

Scope and Content

Comprises

Former reference:

Dep. d. 983

F   Miscellaneous papers 1840-1890

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. 5966/27


Miscellaneous papers
Date: 1840-1890
Shelfmark: MS. 5966/27
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 63 items

Former reference:

Dep. c. 1283


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