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Sir Thomas Colyer Colyer-Fergusson, Bart. - Papers, 1897 - 1937

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  • Description

    Folder 1 -- Hardcover typescript volume (29.5 cm) titled 'Genealogical Memoranda relating to the families of Fergusson and Colyer-Fergusson', dated 1897. Inside front page contains an inscription by Sir Thomas Colyer-Fergusson to his cousin, Mrs [Adelaide] Clarke, dated 30 April 1937, acknowledging her assistance in the compilation of the pedigree, and a personal note written on Wombwell Hall letterhead by Colyer-Fergusson, also dated 30 April 1937. (14 leaves)

    Folder 2:

    Item 1 -- Letter from Colyer-Fergusson, Ightham Mote, [Kent, England], titled 'Dear Kinsman', dated 25 February 1929, concerning various members of the Atkinson family. (holograph; 1 leaf, double-sided)

    Item 2 -- Letter from Colyer-Fergusson, Ightham Mote, [Kent, England], to Mrs [T?] Atkinson, [New Zealand], dated 7 December 1935, containing general comment about family history and the inclusion of a calendar (Item 5) of Ightham Mote for the year 1936. (holograph; 1 leaf, double-sided)

    Item 3 -- Letter (plus envelope) from Colyer-Fergusson, Ightham Mote, [Kent, England], to Mrs [T.] Atkinson, Takanini, Auckland, New Zealand, dated 17 December 1936, enquiring after her and her husband's health, comments regarding Annie Clarke and the 'new King & Queen. Also includes three black and white photographs (Items 6 - 8) of Ightham Mote. (holograph; 1 leaf, double-sided)

    Item 4 -- Letter from Colyer-Fergusson, Ightham Mote, [Kent, England], to Mrs [T?] Atkinson, [New Zealand], dated 24 December 1937, expressing his sympathy at the recent death of Mrs Atkinson's husband. (holograph; 1 leaf, double-sided)

    Item 5 -- Calendar (1936) featuring a small black and white photograph (140 mm x 85 mm) of Ightham Mote, near Sevenoaks, Kent, England.

    Items 6 - 8 -- Three small black and white photographs featuring different aspects of Ightham Mote.

    Item 9 -- Calling card of Sir Thomas Colyer-Fergusson, Bt., of Ightham Mote.

    Item 10 -- Two printed extracts taken from Debrett's Peerage relating to the Fergusson and Colyer-Fergusson families, of Spitalhaugh, Peeblesshire, United Kingdom.

    Item 11 -- Christmas greeting card (blank).

  • Other Id

    3670 (Presto content ID)

    MS-2007-15 (Reference Number)

    70032 (DBTextworks system ID)

    2007/15 (Registration number)

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    Sir Thomas Colyer Colyer-Fergusson, Bart. - Papers, 1897 - 1937
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    2 folders

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  • Public Access Text

    Ightham Mote, situated near Sevenoaks, Kent, is one of the finest examples of a 14th-century moated manor house in England. Although its precise date of construction is unknown, tree-ring dating of samples taken from original structural timbers indicates a time of construction at about 1330. Its first known owner was Sir Thomas Cawne, who resided there from about 1360 to 1374.

    The house had a succession of owners until being bought by Sir Thomas Colyer Colyer-Fergusson, Bart., in 1889. Sir Thomas lived there until his death in 1951, after which the house was sold and the contents auctioned by his grandson. The house's last private owner was American businessman, Charles Henry Robinson, of Portland, Maine, who bequeathed the house to the British National Trust on his death in the mid-1980s. In 1989 Ightham Mote began the first phase of the largest conservation project ever undertaken by the National Trust in the UK. The project was finally completed in 2004.

  • Subject Notes
    Sir Thomas Colyer Colyer-Fergusson, Baronet, F.S.A., of Ightham Mote and Wombwell Hall, Kent, was a noted genealogist who was best known for his transcribing and indexing of the nearly sixty parishes of the Diocese of Rochester, Kent. He also published a pedigree of the Selby family, former owners of Ightham Mote (Ref. Archaeologia Cantiana, XXVII, page 31). He was a life member of the Kent Archaeological Society from 1889, and served as the Society's Vice-President from 1946 until his death in 1951 at the age of 85.
  • Last Update
    07 Jul 2023
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