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MAXSE, Major John

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 E/MXS
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Full title: MAXSE, Major John
Date(s): 1772-1882
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.3 linear metres (51 files).
Name of creator(s): Maxse | James | 1792-1864 | landowner
Maxse | Frederick Augustus | 1833-1900 | admiral


Administrative/Biographical history:

Two members of the Maxse family are mentioned in these papers. James Maxse (1792-1864) was a wealthy landowner and keen huntsman. His second son Frederick Augustus Maxse (1833-1900) entered the Navy and became a lieutenant in 1852. He served in the Crimean war and was promoted to Rear-Admiral by 1875. He was known as a radical and free-thinker, a vegetarian and tee-totaller, who advocated free secular education and electoral reform. He travelled frequently and was restless, buying and building several houses. His elder son Sir Frederick Ivor Maxse (1862-1958) had a distinguished career in the military, while his younger son Leopold James Maxse (1864-1932) was editor of the National Review.

Source of information: Roger T. Stearn, 'Maxse, Frederick Augustus (1833-1900)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2006.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Maxse family relating to property in Marylebone, Hanover Square, Westminster and Kensington.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

E/MXS/001 to E/MXS/051.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in January 1963.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Records prepared May to September 2011.

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