Catalogue of the archive of the Macirone Family

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

Ashleigh Fowler
2017



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Introduction
A   Correspondence 1807-1954
B   Personal journals and notebooks 1844-1893
C   Scrapbooks and writing regarding family histories 1584-1972
D   Miscellaneous items relating to the Macirone family 1844-1972
E   Born digital material regarding the Macirone family's correspondence and family history compiled by Patricia Neate 2016


Archive of the Macirone Family

1584-2016

Abstract:
Correspondence and papers of the Macirone Family, principally George Macirone (1788-1858), his wife Mary Ann Macirone (1791-1869) nee Perriman, and their three children, Clara Macirone (1821-1914), Emily Macirone (1821-1888) and George Augustus Macirone (1834-1910) with born-digital transcriptions of their letters and diaries by Patricia Neate.

Extent: 14 shelfmarks, including 1 digital shelfmark
Language(s) of Material: English, some letters in French and German

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. 11904/1-13; MS. 11904 Digital

Biographical/Historical

George Macirone, (1788-1858), the son of Pietro Macirone and Mary Macirone (nee Wildsmith), was born in London and educated at Old Hall Green and St. Edmund’s College, Ware, and later worked for Pietro’s banking and export business. He married Mary Ann Perriman (1796-1869) in 1818, after ten years of separation following their initial meeting. In 1846 George admitted himself to the Norwich Lunatic Asylum to seek aid for his drinking, and later moved to Heigham Hall Asylum in Norwich, where he stayed until 1850.

Clara Macirone, (1821-1914) was the oldest child of George and Mary Ann Macirone (nee Perriman). A musician and composer, Clara entered the Royal Academy of Music in 1839 as a day student. Clara later played several concerts, accompanied by Johann Pischek and released choral songbooks, but spent much of her time in teaching to provide for the family during George’s illnesses.

Emily Macirone (1827-1888), the second child of George and Mary Ann. A watercolour artist, in 1842 she attended Sir Francis Chantry’s studio and studied at the National Gallery and later exhibited some of her own works at the Royal Academy. Like Clara, Emily eventually turned to teaching to provide an income for herself and the family.

George Augustus Macirone, (1834-1910) was the youngest of George and Mary Ann’s children. He studied at King’s College and Christ’s Hospital School before apprenticing as an engineer in Napier’s Shipyard in Scotland in 1852, and later worked for the Admiralty. He married Mary Fortescue in 1870. The couple had 6 children: Francis Peter, Catharine Mary, Lucy Angelica, Teresa Barbara (known as Terry), Maria Lutugarda (known as Lutu or Tootoo) and Emily Clara.

Scope and Content

The Macirone Family archive consists of correspondence between the Macirone family and of the Macirone family with extended relatives and family friends. There are also diaries and journals, family history scrapbooks and born digital transcriptions of the Macirone family’s correspondence by Patricia Neate.

The correspondence covers from a decade prior to George and Mary Ann’s marriage, 1807, to the adulthood of George Augustus’ children, 1954, but the largest concentration of correspondence consists of letters during 1846-1850 between George, Mary Ann, Clara, Emily and George Augustus Macirone, particularly during George Macirone’s stays at Northampton Lunatic Asylum and Heigham Hall in Norwich.

There are also a number of letters between George Macirone and his brother, Francis Macirone, prior to the latter’s death in 1846 as well as letters sent to Mary Ann from her sister Clara Warne and other members of the Warne Family between 1833-1861 and her brothers George Perriman and Edward Perriman between 1841-1863 and 1843-1864 respectively. From 1878 onwards there are also letters to and from George Augustus’ children, particularly his daughter, Catharine.

The personal diaries cover several topics, including daily agendas, George Augustus' engineering notes and reminiscences. The family history scrapbooks include information on the Macirones. The history of the family of Mary Macirone (nee Fortescue) is also included in scrapbooks on the Fortescue and Knottesford families, with material included from 1584, pre-dating the principal members of the Macirone family in this archive. There is also a small number of miscellaneous papers.

The born-digital material includes transcriptions of the family’s letters, information on the content and transcription of diaries, a chronological account of the family’s life and Patricia Neate’s as yet unpublished book on the Macirone Family.

Arrangement

The arrangement of the archive within each series is largely chronological. All correspondence is arranged in chronological order, reflecting the order of Patricia Neate’s transcriptions of the letters. The family’s archive has been arranged into five series: Correspondence of the Macirone family, Personal journals and notebooks of the Macirone family, Scrapbooks and writing regarding family histories, Miscellaneous items relating to the Macirone family and born-digital material to reflect the groupings used and transcriptions produced by Patricia Neate.

Acquisition

The archive was donated to the Bodleian Library in March 2016 by Francis and Patricia Neate.

Custodial History

Prior to their donation to the Bodleian Library, the family’s papers were stored in George Augustus' bureau in the possession of Mary Gordon. Upon her death the papers and the bureau passed to Francis Neate, husband of Patricia Neate. The latter transcribed the papers and used them as research for her book, 'The Macirones, a Victorian family in their own words'.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library, [followed by shelfmark, e.g. MS. 11904/1; MS. 11904 Digital]

Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)

Macirone | Francis | 1787-1846 | soldier and mechanical inventor
Macirone | George Augustus | 1834-1910 | engineer
Macirone | George | 1788-1858 | banker and exporter
Macirone | Mary Ann | 1791-1869 | nee Perriman
Macirone | Mary Thompson Emily | 1827-1888 | artist
Macirone| Clara Angela | 1821-1914 | composer

Subject(s)

16th century
17th century
18th century
19th century
20th century
21st century
Letters -- 19th century

A   Correspondence 1807-1954

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. 11904/1-6


Correspondence of the Macirone family
Date: 1807-1846
Shelfmark: MS. 11904/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Letters on many subjects, mainly between George, Mary Ann, Clara, Emily and George Augustus Macirone, including:

Also includes:

Correspondence of the Macirone family
Date: 1847-1848
Shelfmark: MS. 11904/2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Letters on many subjects, primarily between George, Mary Ann, Clara, Emily and George Augustus, including:

Also includes correspondence with:

Correspondence of the Macirone family
Date: 1849
Shelfmark: MS. 11904/3
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Letters on many subjects, primarily between George, Mary Ann, Clara, Emily and George Augustus, including:

Also includes:

Correspondence of the Macirone family
Date: 1850
Shelfmark: MS. 11904/4
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Letters on many subjects, primarily between George, Mary Ann, Clara, Emily and George Augustus Macirone, including:

Also includes:

Correspondence of the Macirone family
Date: 1851-1863
Shelfmark: MS. 11904/5
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Letters on many subjects between George, until his death in 1858, Mary Ann, Clara, Emily and George Augustus Macirone, including:

Also includes:

Correspondence of the Macirone family
Date: 1864-1954
Shelfmark: MS. 11904/6
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Letters on many subjects between Mary Ann, until her death in 1868, Clara, Emily, and George Augustus, then George Augustus' children Catharine, Francis, Clara Emily, Maria Lutugarda and Theresa from 1876 onwards, including:

Also includes:

B   Personal journals and notebooks 1844-1893

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. 11904/7-9


Loose journals, diaries and notebooks of members of the Macirone family
Date: 1844-1880
Shelfmark: MS. 11904/7
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Journals and notebooks of members of the Macirone family, including:

Mary Ann Macirone's diary for 1865, Catharine Macirone's diary of travels in Europe
Date: 1865, 1893
Shelfmark: MS. 11904/8
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 volumes)

Mary Macirone's (nee Fortescue) diary, continued after her death by Clara Woodhouse
Date: 1875-1879
Shelfmark: MS. 11904/9
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

C   Scrapbooks and writing regarding family histories 1584-1972

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. 11904/10-13


Scrapbooks on the history of the Fortescues, Mary Macirone's (nee Fortescue) family, including correspondence and documents
Date: 1584-1808
Shelfmark: MS. 11904/10
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Scrapbooks regarding the history of the Fortescue family, including scrapbooks titled:

Scrapbooks on the history of the Fortescue and Knottesford families, Mary Macirone's (nee Fortescue) family, including correspondence and documents
Date: 1782-1859
Shelfmark: MS. 11904/11
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 volumes)

Scope and Content

Scrapbooks on the history of the Fortescue and Knottesford families, including scrapbooks titled:

Scrapbook on the history of the Macirone family
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. 11904/12
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Scrapbook titled 'Parentalia de Maceronis or Memoirs of the House of Francesco Macirone.'

Writing concerning George Augustus Macirone and E.B.K. Fortescue
Date: 1972, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. 11904/13
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 volumes)

Scope and Content

Writing regarding George Augustus and E.B.K Fortescue, including:

D   Miscellaneous items relating to the Macirone family 1844-1972

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. 11904/14


Miscellaneous papers
Date: 1841-1911
Shelfmark: MS. 11904/14
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

E   Born digital material regarding the Macirone family's correspondence and family history compiled by Patricia Neate 2016

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. 11904 Digital


Born digital transcriptions, content lists and Macirone book
Date: 2016
Shelfmark: MS. 11904 Digital
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 17 items

Scope and Content

Includes:

Restrictions on Use:

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