Keble papers

Scope and Content

Correspondence of the Rev. John Keble senior and junior with a range of churchmen, including Archbishop Howley, Cardinal Newman, Edward Bouverie Pusey and Isaac Williams. Correspondence of other members of the family including Charlotte Keble (nee Clarke) and Thomas Keble. Also includes prayers, verses and sermons, and papers concerning John Coleridge Patteson (Bishop in Melanesia).

Administrative / Biographical History

John Keble (1745-1835) was the son of John Keble, and matriculated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, in 1763. BA 1766, fellowship, MA. 1770. Vicar of Colne and perpetual curate of Poulton, Wiltshire, from 1783 until his death. Married Sarah Maule (d.1823); his surviving children were John (1792-1866), Thomas (1793-1875), Elizabeth (d.1860) and Mary Anne (d.1826).

John Keble (1792-1866) was the son of John Keble (1745-1835) and Sarah (nee Maule; d.1823). Taught by his father until he matriculated in 1807 at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He became fellow of Oriel College in 1811. Ordained deacon 1815, priest 1816, he became tutor and examiner at Oriel, but resigned in 1823. Professor of Poetry, Oxford, 1831-41.Curate of East Leach and Burthorpe, Gloucestershire, 1815; curate of Southrop, Gloucestershire, 1823; curate of Hursley, Hampshire, 1825; resigned 1826 to become his father's curate at Colne, Wiltshire. Vicar of Hursley, 1836. Keble College Oxford was founded (1869) in his memory. He married Charlotte (nee Clarke, whose sister Elizabeth married his brother Thomas; d.1866) in 1835.His works include, The Christian Year, (1822), an edition of Richard Hooker's works (1836), a life of Bishop Wilson (1863), the, Oxford Psalter, (1839) and, Lyra Innocentium: Thoughts in Verse on Children, (1846), and numerous hymns and poems.

See biographies by J. T. Coleridge (1869) and W. Lock (1892); study by G. Battiscombe (1964).

Thomas Keble (1793-1875) was the son of John Keble (1745-1835) and taught by his father until he matriculated in 1808 at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. BA 1811. Ordained deacon 1816; priest 1817. Parochial charge of Windrush and Sherbourne, Gloucestershire, 1817-18. Fellow of Corpus Christi 1820; B.D. 1824. Curate of East Leach and Burthorpe, 1820-24; Cirencester, 1824. Vicar of Bisley, Gloucestershire, 1827-73. Married Elizabeth Jane (nee Clarke, whose sister Charlotte married his brother John); children included Thomas Keble (b.1826), later also vicar of Bisley, and George Clarke Keble (b.1856).His works include contributions to, Tracts for the Times, (no.s 12, 22, 43, 84) and to, Plain Sermons; also translations.


By individual member of the family, then chronologically.

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Custodial History

Deposited on permanent loan in Lambeth Palace Library by the Rev. Edward Keble, 1966.



Related Material

MSS. 1604, 1680, 1804-11 and 4278-83 (Golightly papers); Longley papers; Williams papers.