fonds MUSG - Musgrave Papers

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Musgrave Papers


  • 1756-1966 (Creation)

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0.02 cubic metres

1 box

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Name of creator

(fl 1756-1932)

Biographical history

The Musgraves were a Cambridgeshire family. Peete Musgrave was born in 1756, the son of William and Maria Musgrave. A prominent tailor and woollen draper of Cambridge, he was known for his support of the Whig Party. In 1779 he married Sarah Betts and the couple’s children included Thomas, born in 1788, and Charles born c.1793.

Both Thomas and Charles were educated at the University of Cambridge before entering the church. Thomas Musgrave rose to become Bishop of Hereford in 1837 and then Archbishop of York in 1848. His brother Charles was vicar Whitkirk between 1821 and 1826 and then of Halifax from 1827 to his death in 1875. He was also first Archdeacon of Craven from 1836.

In 1821 Charles married Selina Buxton at Cambridge. She died in 1828 and in 1830 he married Ellen Frances Waterhouse, the daughter of John Waterhouse Esq. of Wellhead and his wife Grace-Elizabeth Rawson.

Their son, Vernon, was born the following year and went on to become a clergyman like his father. He was vicar of Mattersey in Nottinghamshire between 1855 and 1862 and then rector of Hascombe in Surrey until his death in 1906. He was also Canon of Winchester in 1881. He married Frances Freshfield in 1855.

Archival history

The archive was given to the Archbishop of York by descendants of the Musgrave family in 1968.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was transferred to the Borthwick Institute by the Archbishop of York in 1968. Further additions were made to the archive later the same year.

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Scope and content

Material relating to the history of the Musgrave family, including list of dates taken from the family bible, 1756-1860, papers concerning the pedigree and crest of the Musgraves, 1756-1864, printed roll of Winchester College, 1876, and papers concerning related families of Sanderson, Waterhouse and Rawson, c.1919-1966; material relating to Thomas Musgrave, including a journal kept during his grand tour of Europe, 1815, a plan of the Battle of Waterloo, 1815, a copy of his baptismal certificate, 1817, correspondence, 1815, 1837, burial certificate, 1860, and his obituary in The Gentleman’s Magazine, 1860; despatch box of Archbishop Musgrave, n.d; papers relating to Charles Musgrave, including correspondence, 1856, extracts from his papers concerning his first wife and sons, 1875, letters of Vernon Musgrave, 1840, 1856, 1872-1873; miscellaneous printed items including regulations to be observed on the day of Coronation, 1838, the form of service for the Coronation of Queen Victoria in Westminster Abbey, 1838, and the form of service for the funeral of the Duke of Wellington in St Paul’s Cathedral, 1852.


Further accruals are not expected.

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Conditions governing access

Records are open to the public, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation, including data protection laws.

Conditions governing reproduction

A reprographics service is available to researchers subject to the access restrictions outlined above. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the document. Copies are supplied in accordance with the Borthwick Institute for Archives' terms and conditions for the supply of copies, and under provisions of any relevant copyright legislation. Permission to reproduce images of documents in the custody of the Borthwick Institute must be sought.

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  • English

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Finding aids

A typescript finding aid, to file level, is available for consultation in the searchroom of the Borthwick Institute.

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Related units of description

Further records relating to Thomas Musgrave as Archbishop of York are deposited at the Borthwick Institute as part of the York Diocesan Archive (Reference: YDA).

Additional papers of Archbishop Thomas Musgrave and his family, 1726-1901, are held by Nottinghamshire Archives (Reference: DD/E/212-220) as part of the archive of the Edge Family of Strelley . Microfilmed copies of these papers are available at the Borthwick Institute (Reference: MFE 194).

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Rules and/or conventions used

ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Created by S. A. Shearn, May 2015.




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