Catalogue of the travel journal of Charlotte Lindsay née North, 1815-18

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Travel journal of Charlotte Lindsay née North, 1815-18

Travel journal of two journeys made by Charlotte Lindsay, with two transcriptions of the same, 1815-18.

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 7052-3

Extent: 2 shelfmarks

Biographical History

Charlotte (1770-1849) was the daughter of Lord North and his wife, Anne. She became Lady in Waiting to Queen Caroline and was intimate with the English royal family. She married Lieutenant-colonel the Hon. John Lindsay, son of James, 5th Earl of Balcarres in April 1800.

Scope and Content

The travel journal contains diaries of two journeys undertaken by Charlotte Lindsay, with her brother Frederick North. The first journey was a tour of Italy in 1815. She records her impressions of the scenery, the towns, sites of historical and artistic interest, the plays and operas attended and the people they socialised with. She also refers to various international events, such as Napoléon's escape from Elba and his advance to Paris; the declaration of war by the King of Naples on the Bourbons and his advance to Rome, and the Congress of Vienna. The second journey was a prolonged stay in Paris, 1817-18. She records the entertainments and social engagements that she attended daily and relates the Duke of Wellington's own account of the assassination attempt on him.

Related Material

See MS. Eng. misc. d. 226 for a diary of Charlotte Lindsay, written during a tour of the Continent, Aug.-Dec. 1814.


Given by the National Trust, 2000.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 7052, fols. 1-2].

Personal names (NCA Rules)

Lindsay | Charlotte | 1770-1849 | née North | daughter of Lord North

Subjects (LCSH)

Europe -- Politics and government -- 1815-1848
France--Description and travel -- 1800-1918
Italy -- Description and travel -- 19th century

Descriptive List

Travel journal of Charlotte Lindsay, 1815-18
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7052
Extent: v + 151 pages
Binding: Blind-ruled red morocco, marbled endpapers

Scope and Content:


  • (pp. 1-52) diary of a journey from Nice to Florence, Rome, Naples, Venice and Vienna, returning to England via Cologne and Ostend, 29 Jan.-23 May 1815
  • (pp. 54-77) diary of a visit to Paris, 22 Nov. 1817-5 Mar. 1818
  • (pp.78-151) typed transcript of pp. 1-77

Typed transcript (differing from MS. Eng. c. 7052, pp. 78-151), of Charlotte Lindsay's travel journals, 1815-18, with an introduction, 20th cent.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7053
Extent: ix + 76 leaves
Binding: Red cloth spine, stiffened paper covers

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