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Collection Level Description: Autobiography of Cuthbert Shields

Reference: MSS. Don. e. 185-9
Title: Autobiography of Cuthbert Shields
Dates of Creation: 1883-6
Extent: 5 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Cuthbert James Shields (1840-1908), formerly Robert Laing, Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, was a historian.

Scope and Content

Autobiography of Cuthbert Shields, written in five notebooks in the form of letters, 1884-6, to F.A. Clarke, Fellow of Corpus and Edwin Palmer, Archdeacon of Oxford, to explain the conduct which led to his confinement in an asylum in Fulham in 1878 and prolonged travel abroad. The discursive account of his own life is interspersed with reflections on biblical, historical and political subjects.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The autobiography was bought, with two printed items relating to Shields (monumental inscription and 'In memoriam' reprinted from the Oxford Magazine, MS. Eng. c. 5739, fols. 62-4) from Maggs Bros. Ltd., and given by the Friends of the Bodleian, 1996.

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Historians | 19th century


Shields | Cuthbert James | 1840-1908 | Historian

University of Oxford

Great Britain | History

Great Britain | Politics and government

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