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Collection Level Description: Napier Family Papers

Reference: MSS. Eng. lett. c. 234-54, d. 230-47, d. 296-7, d. 299, e. 101-3; Eng. hist. c. 488, d. 306; Eng. misc. b. 96-9, b. 104, c. 471-80, c. 485, c. 505, e. 603-7, f. 399-402; French c. 37-8, d. 32; Ch. London and Middlesex 514, Ireland 18
Title: Napier Family Papers
Dates of Creation: 1780-1933
Extent: 78 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English and French

Administrative/Biographical History

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.

Scope and Content

Napier family papers, consisting of:

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was given to the Library in three parts in 1962-3.

Access Conditions

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Further Information

Finding Aids

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).

Access Points

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

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