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Lygon, William (Lord Beauchamp): letter (1914)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL366
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Lygon, William (Lord Beauchamp): letter (1914)
Date(s): 1914
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 1 sheet
Name of creator(s): Lygon | William | 1872-1938 | 7th Earl Beauchamp | politician x Beauchamp | 7th Earl


Administrative/Biographical history:

William Lygon was born in London in 1872. He was educated at Eton and Christ Church Oxford, which he left without completing his degree. He succeeded his father as Earl Beauchamp in 1891. During 1899-1901 he was briefly governor of New South Wales. Lord Beauchamp became a privy counsellor in 1906 and served as its president between Jun and Nov 1910. He became a Knight of the Garter in 1914 and was was Liberal leader in the House of Lords from 1924. Between 1929 and 1931 he was Chancellor of the University of London. Alongside his happy marriage and family life, Beauchamp had several homosexual relationships, which damaged his reputation, and he was obliged to live in exile abroad from 1931 after a warrant was issued for his arrest.


Scope and content/abstract:

Letter from William Lygon, Lord Beauchamp, of 13 Belgrave Square, London to Sir William Jameson Soulsby [private secretary to the Lord Mayor of London], 22 Jun 1914. Thanking him for his congratulations [on being made a Knight of the Garter]. Autograph, with signature.

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Conditions governing access:

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Access to individual items in Senate House Library archives collections may be restricted under the Data Protection Act or the Freedom of Information Act. Please contact the University Archivist for details. 24 hours notice is required for research visits.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Finding aids:

Typescript catalogue available in the Library's Palaeography Room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

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Immediate source of acquisition:

Purchased from E Hall, 1967.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Anya Turner.

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:
Aug 2008

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