The Napier family includes Sir William Francis Patrick Napier (1785-1860), general and historian; his wife Caroline Amelia (d 1860); his parents, Colonel George Napier (1751-1804) and Lady Sarah Napier (d 1826); and his brother, Sir Charles James Napier (1782-1853), general and colonial governor. Also represented in this collection are Caroline Napier's father and brother, Henry Edward Fox (1755-1811), general and colonial governor, and Henry Stephen Fox (1791-1846), diplomat. Details, for all except Caroline Napier and Lady Sarah Napier, are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.
Napier family papers, consisting of:
The collection was given to the Library in three parts in 1962-3.Access Conditions
Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/services/admissions/).
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. 41203-80.
A detailed catalogue of the collection is available in the Library (X.Cat. 11/Napier) and at the National Register of Archives.Related Units of Description
Other Napier family papers are held by the British Library (Add. MSS. 49086-49172).Publication Note
A number of the papers are printed in W.F.P. Napier, History of the war in the Peninsula (London, 1828-40), H.A. Bruce, Life of General Sir William Napier (London, 1864), and W.N. Bruce, Life of General Sir Charles Napier (Edinburgh, 1885).
Peninsular War, 1807-1814
Fox | Henry Edward | 1755-1811 | General colonial governor
Fox | Henry Stephen | 1791-1846 | Diplomat
Napier | Caroline Amelia | d 1860
Napier | Charles James | 1782-1853 | Sir | Knight General Colonial Governor
Napier | George | 1751-1804 | Colonel
Napier | Sarah | d 1826 | Lady | née Lennox, fourth daughter of the second Duke of Richmond
Napier | William Francis Patrick | 1785-1860 | Sir | Knight General and Historian