Catalogue of the papers of Osborne Gordon and the Gordon family of Bridgnorth, Shropshire, 1838-1921

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

C. Parker

2003

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Table of Contents

Introduction
A    Papers of Osborne Gordon, 1847-83
    A.1  Correspondence, 1847-82
    A.2  Financial records, 1859-83
    A.3   Diaries containing brief entries for each day, recording the places and people he visited, his dining companions and the weather, 1878-82
B    Papers of William Pierson Gordon, of Bridgnorth, Shropshire, brother of Osborne Gordon, 1838-88
C    Papers of Mrs Anne Gordon, née Baugh, wife of William Pierson Gordon, 1884-1911
D    Papers of John Pritchard, of Stanmore, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, and of his wife, Jane Pritchard, 1841-93
E    Papers of William Pritchard Gordon, of Bridgnorth, Shropshire, son of William Pierson Gordon, 1892-1921
F    Miscellaneous papers, 1865-1915


Papers of Osborne Gordon and the Gordon family of Bridgnorth, Shropshire, 1838-1921

Abstract:
Personal papers of Osborne Gordon, his brother, William Pierson Gordon, and his brother's family, 1838-1921.

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 7054-63, e. 3403-12

Extent: 20 shelfmarks

Biographical History

Osborne Gordon (1813-83) was born in Broseley, Shropshire. He was educated at Bridgnorth school and then at Christ Church, Oxford. He later served as a proctor, a censor at Christ Church and a University Examiner. In 1860 he was presented to the living of Easthampstead in Berkshire. During his incumbency, the parish schools were enlarged and the church was rebuilt. For further information see the Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

The collection contains Osborne Gordon's correspondence, financial records and diaries, as well as the probate records relating to his estate. The remaining papers are legal papers of his brother, William Pierson Gordon and his family, relating mainly to conveyances of property in Shropshire, marriage settlements and probate matters.

Arrangement

The papers of Osborne Gordon have been described first. These are followed by the papers of William Pierson Gordon, Osborne's brother, and Anne his wife; the papers of Jane Pritchard, Osborne's sister, and her husband, John, and the papers of William Pritchard Gordon, the son of William Pierson Gordon.

Acquisition

Bought, Sotheby's, 13 Dec. 1993, lot 265, with the aid of Dr. John Mason, and given by the Friends of the Bodleian, 1994.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 7054, fols. 1-2].

Family names (NCA Rules)

Gordon | family | of Bridgnorth, Shropshire

Personal names (NCA Rules)

Gordon | Osborne | 1813-1883 | Oxford scholar and theologian

Place names (NCA Rules)

Bridgnorth | Shropshire

A   Papers of Osborne Gordon, 1847-83

A.1   Correspondence, 1847-82

Shelfmarks: MS. Eng. c. 7054


Testimonials and correspondence, 1847-82
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7054
Extent: 217 leaves

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • (fols. 1-94) testimonials to support his application for the post of headmaster at King Edward VI's School, Birmingham, 1847-8, arranged alphabetically by correspondent, including letters from
    • (fols. 3-4) John Ernest Bode
    • (fols. 11-12) Edward Cardwell
    • (fols. 21-2) George Leigh Cooke
    • (fols. 25-6) John Anthony Cramer
    • (fols. 27-8) William Cureton
    • (fol. 31) Robert William Eyton
    • (fols. 33-4) Chichester Samuel Fortescue
    • (fols. 35-6) James Fraser
    • (fol. 37) Thomas Gaisford
    • (fols. 38-9) Edward Hawkins
    • (fol. 40) Renn Dickson Hampden
    • (fols. 44-5) James Augustus Hessey
    • (fols. 46-7) Robert Hussey
    • (fols. 48-9) William Jacobson
    • (fols. 50-1) Richard William Jelf
    • (fols. 52-3) William Edward Jelf
    • (fols. 54-5) George Henry Sacheverell Johnson
    • (fols. 56-7) Benjamin Jowett
    • (fols. 62-3) Henry George Liddell
    • (fols. 64-5) Ralph Robert Wheeler Lingen
    • (fol. 66) William Linwood
    • (fols. 67-8) James Gylby Lonsdale
    • (fols. 76-7) John Ruskin
    • (fols. 84-5) Benjamin Parsons Symons
    • (fols. 86-7) Frederick Temple
    • (fols. 88-9) Robert Walker
    • (fols. 90-1) Henry Wellesley
    • (fols. 92-3) Samuel Wilberforce
  • (fols. 95-208) letters to Osborne Gordon, relating to the parish of Easthampstead, 1860-81, including letters from
    • (fols. 147-8) George Moberly, Bishop of Salisbury, 1872
    • (fols. 149-208) applicants for the position of curate at Easthampstead, 1881
  • (fols. 209-17) letters from Osborne Gordon, relating to investments, 1876-82

A.2   Financial records, 1859-83

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 7055, e. 3403-4


Bank book of the London and County Banking Company, Reading branch, in account with Rev. O. Gordon, Easthampstead Vicarage, near Bracknell, 1871-9
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3403
Extent: 92 leaves
Binding: Parchment

Account book, recording goods bought from Thomas Ekins, baker, 1876-8
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3404
Extent: 22 leaves
Binding: Blind-stamped and ruled, dark red, papered boards

Financial papers, 1859-83
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7055
Extent: 314 leaves

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • (fols. 1-51) correspondence and memoranda from various brokers, 1859-83
  • (fols. 52-181) invoices and receipts, 1870-83
  • (fols. 182-314) cashed cheques, 1876-83

A.3    Diaries containing brief entries for each day, recording the places and people he visited, his dining companions and the weather, 1878-82

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. e. 3405-9


Letts's No. 26 Pocket Diary and Almanac, 1878
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3405
Extent: 75 leaves
Binding: Tan cloth-covered boards

Scope and Content:

Also includes (fol. 65r) list of guests invited to dinner, 31 Dec. 1877; (fols. 65v-66) accounts of travel expenses for various journeys; (fols. 72v-73) names and addresses and (fol. 74v) list of candidates for confirmation.


Letts's No. 26 Pocket Diary and Almanac, 1879
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3406
Extent: 75 leaves
Binding: Blue cloth-covered boards

Scope and Content:

Also includes (fol. 67) brief accounts; (fols. 71v-72r) names and addresses; (fol. 72v) notes of land purchased and (fols. 73v-74v) travel expenses for various journeys.


Letts's No. 26 Pocket Diary and Almanac, 1880
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3407
Extent: 74 leaves
Binding: Tan cloth-covered boards

Scope and Content:

Also includes (fols. 64v-65r) accounts of travel expenses and (fols. 70v-71v) names and addresses.


Letts's No. 26 Pocket Diary and Almanac, 1881
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3408
Extent: 74 leaves
Binding: Tan cloth-covered boards

Scope and Content:

Also includes (fol. 10) list of guests invited to dinner, 30 Dec.; (fols. 64v-66r, 70v-71r, 72-3) names and addresses; (fols. 67v-68r) list of subscriptions for enlarging the school and (fol. 71v) account of travel expenses.


Letts's No. 26 Pocket Diary and Almanac, 1882
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3409
Extent: 78 leaves
Binding: Brown cloth-covered boards

Scope and Content:

Also includes (fols. 68v-69r) names and addresses and (fol. 69v) list of guests invited to dinner, 2 January.

B   Papers of William Pierson Gordon, of Bridgnorth, Shropshire, brother of Osborne Gordon, 1838-88

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 7056-8


Papers relating to the probate of the estate of Mrs Anne Hunt, wife of William Hunt of Bath, 1838-82
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7056
Extent: 211 leaves

Scope and Content:

Anne Hunt's daughter, Anne Gordon, was the wife of William Pierson Gordon. She died 23 May 1860. The papers include

  • (fols. 1-2) authority to surrender copyhold lands, 1838
  • (fols. 3-4) a probate copy of her father's will, William Pritchard of Bathwick, near Bath, proved 1846
  • (fols. 5-29) a copy settlement made by her and her husband William Hunt, 1852
  • (fols. 30-5) a copy of her will, 1859
  • (fols. 52-6) schedules of deeds and papers, c.1860
  • (fols. 57-62) legal opinions about her will, c.1860
  • (fols. 63-192) valuations and accounts, 1860-82
  • (fols. 193-211) letters to William Pierson Gordon from his solicitor and agent, 1860-76

Personal papers of William Pierson Gordon, 1854-88
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7057
Extent: 88 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fols. 1-10) a copy of his marriage settlement, 1854
  • (fols. 11-41) a draft copy of a postnuptial settlement, 1860
  • (fols. 43-59) deeds apppointing new trustees to the settlements, 1883
  • (fols. 62-88) correspondence with his solicitor, 1871-88

Papers relating to the probate of the estate of Osborne Gordon, 1860-87
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7058
Extent: 220 leaves

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • (fols. 1-17) draft conveyance of property in Union St., Bath, 1860
  • (fols. 18-23) two copies of his will, 1883
  • (fols. 24-99) correspondence relating to investments and the valuation of the estate, 1864, 1881-3
  • (fols. 100-220) financial papers including (fols. 100-103) residuary account, (fols. 104-15) legacy receipts, (fols. 125-41) memoranda of investments and (fols. 142-88) paid invoices, 1864-87

C   Papers of Mrs Anne Gordon, née Baugh, wife of William Pierson Gordon, 1884-1911

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 7059, e. 3410


Private ledger, with index, 1884-1911
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3410
Extent: 96 leaves
Binding: Blind-ruled, parchment covered boards, ticket inside upper cover, 'Waterlow & Sons Limited, Wholesale & Export Stationers, Great Winchester St., London Wall and Parliament Street, London'

Personal papers of Anne Gordon, 1888-92
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7059
Extent: 34 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fol. 1) a schedule of documents relating to her marriage settlement, 1888
  • (fols. 3-33) draft deeds appointing new trustees to the settlements, 1892

D   Papers of John Pritchard, of Stanmore, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, and of his wife, Jane Pritchard, 1841-93

Shelfmarks: MS. Eng. c. 7060


Papers relating to conveyance of land and probate matters, 1841-93
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7060
Extent: 42 leaves

Scope and Content:

Jane Pritchard was the sister of Osborne Gordon and William Pierson Gordon. Papers comprise

  • (fols. 1-4) letters from George Pritchard, relating to a conveyance of land, 1841
  • (fols. 5-6) probate copy of the will of George Pritchard, of Broseley, Shropshire, brother of John Pritchard, 1862
  • (fols. 7-21) valuations, estate duty accounts and residuary accounts for the estate of John Pritchard, 1891-3
  • (fols. 22-42) papers relating to the drawing up of the will of Mrs Jane Pritchard, 1891-3

E   Papers of William Pritchard Gordon, of Bridgnorth, Shropshire, son of William Pierson Gordon, 1892-1921

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 7061-2, e. 3411-12


Papers of William Pritchard Gordon, 1892-1921
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7061
Extent: 74 leaves

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • (fols. 1-68) papers, 1892-1921, relating to the probate of the estate of Mrs Jane Pritchard, of Stanmore, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, aunt of William Pritchard Gordon, including
    • (fols. 1-28) financial records including valuations, residuary accounts, executors accounts and receipts, 1892-3
    • (fols. 32-40) deeds for the conveyance of tithe rent charges in Worfield, Shropshire, 1894-5
    • (fol. 41) plan of Stanmore Hall Estate, annotated with tithe map plot numbers, n.d.
    • (fols. 42-7) analysis of title and copy conveyance of land and property in Greenwich, Kent to John Ruskin, 1897
    • (fols. 48-65) correspondence and copies of conveyances of land and premises in Dawley, Shropshire, 1899
    • (fols. 66-8) trustees accounts, 1921
  • (fols. 69-74) Instructions and correspondence relating to the proposed marriage settlement between William Pritchard Gordon and Isabel Emma Taylor, 1897

Bank book of Miss Jane Gordon, daughter of William Pierson Gordon, 1904-11
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3411
Extent: 19 leaves

Bank book of Miss Jane Gordon, daughter of William Pierson Gordon, 1912
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3412
Extent: 18 leaves

Papers relating to Jane Gordon, Clara Gordon, Hilda Gordon and Agnes Isabel Baker, sisters of William Pritchard Gordon, 1910-19
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7062
Extent: 56 leaves

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • (fols. 1-40) probate of the estate of Miss Jane Gordon, daughter of William Pierson Gordon, 1912-13, including
    • (fols. 1-2) copy death certificate, 1912
    • (fols. 3-18) estate duty accounts and residuary account, 1912-13
    • (fols. 19-24) executors' accounts, 1912-13
    • (fols. 25-33) broker's notes, 1913
  • (fols. 41-5) draft instructions and epitome of trusts for the marriage settlement of Miss Clara Gordon, daughter of William Pierson Gordon, 1910
  • (fols. 46-56) papers relating to the conveyance of land in Oldbury, Shropshire from Mrs Agnes Isabel Baker and Miss Hilda Gordon (daughters of William Pierson Gordon) to Sir Frank Hollins, 1916-19

F   Miscellaneous papers, 1865-1915

Shelfmarks: MS. Eng. c. 7063


Papers relating to land and premises in Shropshire, belonging to various parties, 1865-1915
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7063
Extent: 62 leaves

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • (fols. 1-9) draft conveyance from John Humphries and Sarah, his wife, to Gustavus Frederick Viscount Boyne, of land and premises in Stottesden parish, Shropshire, 1865
  • (fols. 10-11) particulars of land in Oldbury, Shropshire, belonging to S.J. Nicholls, 1882
  • (fols. 12-16) papers relating to the probate of the estate of Mrs Mary Griffith, of Quatford Castle, near Bridgnorth, Shropshire, 1889-90
  • (fols. 17-34) papers relating to the Foster Memorial Institute, High Street, Bridgnorth, including an agreement to buy the premises and instructions to counsel, 1901, and a valuation of the premises, 1913
  • (fol. 35) copy death certificate of Edwin John Parrock Pritchard, official receiver in bankruptcy (retired), 1902
  • (fols. 36-62) papers relating to the estate of Ralph Beaumont Benson of Lutwyche Hall, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, including an abstract of title to part of the Lutwyche estates in Shropshire, 1913, and copy assent to devise property contained in his will, 1915

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