Papers of Henrietta E. M. Halliwell-Phillipps (d. 1879)

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 237 Coll-194
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      4 volumes (large), 1 volume (small).
  • Location
      H-P.Collection 327-330; E97.63

Scope and Content

The papers consist of the four volume diary of Mrs. Henrietta E. M. Halliwell-Phillipps covering the 1830s to the 1870s . There is a separate additional small diary for 1842.

Administrative / Biographical History

Henrietta Elizabeth Molyneux Phillipps was the eldest daughter of Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872), antiquary and bibliophile, and Harriet, the daughter of Lieutenant-General Sir Thomas Molyneux of Castle Dillon, Co. Armagh. Henrietta's father had inherited the estates of Child's Wickham, Buckland, and Middle Hill, around Broadway, Worcestershire. The biographer of Shakespeare, James Orchard Halliwell (1820-1889), was a frequent visitor to the Phillipps home at Middle Hill and although Sir Thomas had refused his consent Henrietta married Halliwell on 9 August 1842. In spite of the ensuing rift between father and daughter, Henrietta inherited Middle Hill on Sir Thomas's death in 1872. That same year she was involved in a riding accident which led to a level of incapacitation, and Halliwell (now called Halliwell-Phillipps) took over the management of the Worcestershire property. Henrietta Elizabeth Molyneux Halliwell-Phillipps died on 25 March 1879.

Access Information

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The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of national biography. Vol.15. Owens-Pockrich. London: Smith,Elder and Co., 1909. (2) Stephen, Leslie. and Lee, Sidney (eds.). Dictionary of national biography. Vol.8. Glover-Harriott. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1908.

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.

Related Material

Related material being the Collection of James O. Halliwell-Phillipps (H-P Coll., designated locally as L.O.A.). This collection contains extracts from the diaries of H. E. M. Halliwell-Phillipps and letters to James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps and others (see local Indexes for shelfmark L.O.A.).