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Collection Level Description: Risley Papers

Reference: MSS. D.D. Risley a.1, c. 1-78
Title: Risley Papers
Dates of Creation: 1486-1910
Extent: 79 shelfmarks
Name of Creator: Risley, Barber and Cotton families of Adderbury and Deddington

Language of Material: English and Latin

Administrative/Biographical History

The families of Risley and Cotton were united around 1796 by the marriage of the Rev. John Risley and Sarah Anne Cotton. Sarah Anne had an uncle, Holford, who died without issue in 1822. He was the last in the direct line of the Cotton family and left his estate in trust for the children and grandchildren of his niece and the Rev. John Risley.

The connection with the Barbers was formed by the marriage in 1828 of the Rev. William Cotton Risley (son of the Rev. John Risley) and Susannah Wells. She was a daughter of Susan Barber, who married Robert Wells, and a niece of John Barber III, who died (apparently childless) in 1854.

Scope and Content

The Risley papers consist of:

Administrative Information

Custodial History

The Additional Risley Papers were deposited in Oxfordshire County Record Office through the British Records Association in 1953, and transferred to the Bodleian Library in 1980.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were deposited in the Library in 1957, 1959 and 1980.

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Diaries | 1834-1869

Risley | William Cotton | 1833-1908 | Rector of Shalstone

Risley, Barber and Cotton | family | 1600 - 2000 | Adderbury and Deddington

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