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ABINGER family papers

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0100 KCLCA K/PP168
Held at: King's College London College Archives
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Full title: ABINGER family papers
Date(s): 1780-1974
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1.5 boxes or 0.015 cubic metres
Name of creator(s): Scarlett | Frances (Fanny) Mary | 1828-1920 | daughter of Robert Campbell Scarlett, 2nd Lord Abinger x Abinger


Administrative/Biographical history:

Baron Abinger, of Abinger in the County of Surrey and of the City of Norwich, is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created on 12 Jan 1835 for the prominent lawyer and politician Sir James Scarlett, the Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer.

Frances Mary Scarlett: Born 1828, daughter of Robert Campbell Scarlett, 2nd Lord Abinger; married Rev Sydney Lidderdale Smith, 1857; died 1920.

Robert Astley Scarlett was the son of Frances Mary Scarlett, born 1865, died 1955.

John Plomer inherited the Clarke estates from his great uncle, Richard Clarke, and added the surname to his own in 1774. John Plomer Clarke his son (d.1826) was High Sheriff in 1814 and commanded the West Northants Militia.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of the Abinger and Clarke family, including diaries, letterbooks and memoirs of Frances Scarlett, comprising diaries in 5 volumes, 1842-1854; notebook containing Scarlett's memoirs, 1904 and letterbook containing copies of family letters, 1855 and 1916, including a copy of a letter fron Sir James York Scarlett describing the charge of the Light Brigade, 7 Dec 1854. Abinger family memoirs entitled 'Fanny Scarlett: Extracts from her Journals 1840-55, and from her Letters and Memoirs', by Frances' granddaughters Hester Smith and Priscilla Douglas-Jones including photographs and family tree, 1974. Letterbook of Robert Astley Scarlett, including copy of letter sent home from the Boer War, 1900. Family correspondence including to Frances Scarlett and two silhouettes of Sydney and Charles Lidderdale-Smith. Diaries of Mrs John Plomer Clarke, 1780-1800, in 3 volumes; day book, 1800; record of Helen Emilia Clarke by her governess Eliza Denis, 1794 and a travelogue of a member of the Clarke family.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged in the original order.

Conditions governing access:

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be provided for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services and Information Management, King's College London.

Finding aids:

This collection level description available online.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Recieved from the family, 1985.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.

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:
Jan 2008

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