Diary of William Edward Rawlinson

  • Reference
      GB 133 Eng MS 970
  • Dates of Creation
      July 1827-February 1834
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      182 x 110 mm. 1 volume (84 folios); Binding: half-bound in morocco, marbled paper-covered boards.

Scope and Content

The volume contains diary entries and other notes written by William Edward Rawlinson, an officer in the Indian Army serving in Oudh [the region also known as Awadh, whose capital was Lucknow, now part of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh]. Many pages are written cross-wise. Inside the back cover are biographical notes, which indicate that Rawlinson was born c.1807-8 and educated at Charterhouse School. He served as midshipman in the West Indian station in 1823, and went out to India in 1826.

Access Information

The manuscript is available for consultation by any accredited reader.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the John Rylands Library by Francis Buckley esq., MA, BCL, JP, in September 1945.


Description compiled by Jo Humpleby, project archivist.

Other Finding Aids

Catalogued in the Hand-List of the Collection of English Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library, 1937-1951 (English MS 970).

Related Material

Francis Buckley also donated English MS 1088, Wedanayaga Sastry: Certificates and Testimonials (ref.: GB 133 Eng MS 1088), and English MS 1156, Tract Against Tithes (ref.: GB 133 Eng MS 1156).


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