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Collection Level Description: Monk Bretton Papers

Reference: Dep. Monk Bretton 1-115
Title: Monk Bretton Papers
Dates of Creation: 1568-1930 (predominantly 1807-1930)
Extent: 115 shelfmarks
Name of Creator: Dodson family, Barons Monk Bretton

Language of Material: English and Latin

Administrative/Biographical History

Sir John Dodson (1780-1858), was advocate of the College of Doctors of Laws; commissary to the Dean and Chapter of Westminster; member of Parliament for Rye, 1819-23; advocate to the Admiralty court, 1829, and advocate-general, 1834; master of the faculties, 1841; vicar-general to the lord primate, 1849; judge of the prerogative court of Canterbury, 1852-7; and dean of the court of arches, 1852-8

John George Dodson, 1st Baron Monk Bretton (1825-1897) was Liberal MP for East Sussex, 1857-74, for Chester 1874-72; financial secretary to the Treasury, 1873-4; chairman of the committee on public accounts, 1874-6; president of the Local Government Board, 1880-2; Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, 1882-4; raised to the peerage, 1884; a Liberal Unionist, 1886; and first chairman of the East Sussex County Council, 1889-92.

John William Dodson, 2nd Baron Monk Bretton (1869-1933), was attaché in the diplomatic service, 1894-7; assistant private secretary to the secretary of state for foreign affairs, 1898-1900; private secretary to the secretary of state for the colonies, 1900-3; alderman on the London County Council, 1912-14, and chairman, 1929-30.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of the papers of the three generations of the Dodson family described in the Administrative/Biographical History, including papers relating to their various positions and personal papers.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were deposited in the Library in 1960.

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Diplomatic and consular service, British

Dodson | John | 1780-1858 | Sir | Knight Dean of the Arches

Dodson | John George | 1825-1897 | 1st Baron Monk Bretton | Politician

Dodson | John William | 1869-1933 | 2nd Baron Monk Bretton

Dodson | family | 1568-2000 | Barons Monk Bretton

Great Britain | Politics and government | 19th century

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