Robert Maynard: Poems

Scope and Content

The volume begins with two long manuscript poems: 'Reminiscences of the life of Robert Maynard' (1879) and 'Whittlesford, a poem in five sections, or flights, by an old inhabitant' (1880). These are followed by a number of shorter manuscript and printed poems: 'Ninewells' (undated); 'The recitation of the Old Monarch Oak at the Whittlesford Working Men's Hall November 21st 1866'; 'In memoriam' (1857), written in honour of Mary Maynard (d. 1856); 'The Grantchester fire' (1867); 'The field of Candahar' (1880); 'The war in the Transvaal' (1881); and 'Alexandria' (1882). There are a few pictures scattered throughout the volume.

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert Fitzgerald Maynard (1844-1908) was born at Holmwood in June 1844, and educated privately. He matriculated at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, in 1863 (B.A., 1867; M.A., 1870), and was ordained deacon, 1867, and priest, 1868. He was curate of Trowbridge, Wiltshire, 1867-1869, Bathford, Somerset, 1869-1871, and Emsworth, Hampshire, 1871-1875, and Vicar of Catherington, Hampshire, 1877-1908. He died on 20 May 1908.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from M.K. Smith, 20 July 1971.

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Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Robert Maynard in J.A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses, part II, vol. IV (Cambridge University Press, 1951), p. 377.