Papers of Thomas Ward

Scope and Content

Papers of Thomas Ward, including;  

  • Correspondence of Ward, mainly concerning affairs of state of Lucca and Parma, 1847-58, including letters of Charles Louis, 1847-8
  • Official papers relating to Lucca and Parma, 1814, 1844-52
  • Papers relating to the marriage of Charles Ferdinand to Marie Louise de Bourbon, 1845-6, and the return and administration of the confiscated Spanish estates of Charles Louis, 1850
  • Letters and papers of the Ward family, 1859-80

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Ward (1809-1858), Baron Ward of the Austrian Empire, was minister to Charles Louis of Bourbon, Duke of Lucca and of Parma, and to his son Charles III, Duke of Parma. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

The papers were given to the Library in 1936.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. II, nos. 47613-51.


The papers were used by J.P.H. Myers in his Baron Ward and the Dukes of Parma (London, 1938).