Hogg Manuscripts

Scope and Content

The manuscripts consist of three volumes of transcripts, with a few original documents, concerning Durham cathedral, city and county (Hogg MSS 1, 2, 4) and a letterbook (Hogg MS. 3) in which Hogg wrote copies or drafts of his own outgoing letters, 1771-76. The letterbook records primarily his business affairs, both his own purchasing and his work for those who employed him as an agent, but is also a rich source of information on local personalities and contemporary events and social life. The transcripts are concerned largely with the government of Durham City, with 17th and 18th century land surveys, enclosures and tithe disputes, and with revenues and other matters of the Dean and Chapter.

Administrative / Biographical History

See information above under Name of creator and Scope and content


  • Hogg 1: Transcripts largely of 12th-18th century documents relating to the government of Durham city.
  • Hogg 2: Transcripts of 12th-18th century documents relating to the Dean and Chapter, city, and palatinate of Durham.
  • Hogg 3: Letterbook of Thomas Hogg's outgoing letters, 1771-1776.
  • Hogg 4: Transcripts of enclosure awards, rentals and other documents, chiefly 16th-18th century, largely relating to Dean and Chapter property in Durham city and the Billingham area. Includes several documents relating to Greatham Hospital, Co. Durham.

Access Information

Open for consultation

Acquisition Information

Presented by Thomas Jefferson Hogg of Norton, 1907.

Other Finding Aids

Available online at online catalogue

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Sub-Librarian, Special Collections (e-mail PG.Library@durham.ac.uk) and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. The Library will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.