fonds UL10 - Working notes and papers of W. S. Angus, related to the Domesday Survey of the North of England

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Working notes and papers of W. S. Angus, related to the Domesday Survey of the North of England


  • [1930s] (Creation)

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0.03 cubic metres

2 boxes

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Biographical history

William Stephenson Angus was born at Bingley in Yorkshire in 1899, the son of Henry Angus, a general practitioner, and his wife Elizabeth Stephenson. He studied Modern History at Pembroke College, Oxford, followed by a degree in Law at the University of Liverpool.

After a period as Deputy Academic Registrar at a London university, he was in 1930 appointed Registrar of Armstrong College (later King’s College), Newcastle. In 1937 he became Registrar of the University of Durham, a position he held until 1952 when he was appointed Secretary to the University of Aberdeen.

At Durham he was also a member of the Board of the Faculty of Arts and continued his own historical studies, particularly on the history of the Kingdom of Northumbria. In 1937 he published an article on 'The Battlefield of Brunanburh', followed in 1940 by ‘Annals for the Tenth Century in Symeon of Durham’s Historia Regum’, published in Durham University Journal, and in 1965 by a paper on 'Christianity as a Political Force in Northumbria in the Danish and Norse Periods'.

He died at York on 21 October 1982.

Archival history

This archive forms part of the University Library Manuscripts collection.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in 1980.

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Research notes, draft articles, annotated maps and correspondence concerning research by W. S. Angus on the Domesday Survey of the North of England and the history of Northumbria, 1930s. Includes draft articles by Angus on the 'Northumbrian Revolt of 1065', the 'House of Bamburgh', and 'The Wasting of the North.'


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Records are open to the public, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation, including data protection laws. 24 hours' notice is required to access photographic material.

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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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The archive has not yet been catalogued, please contact the Borthwick Institute for further information.

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Papers relating to W. S. Angus' time as Registrar at Durham are deposited at Durham University Library Special Collections as part of 'Durham University Records: Central Administration and Officers' (Reference: GB-0033-UND/C).

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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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Created by S. A. Shearn, 05.04.17.




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