Sir John Clapham: Notes on medieval Linton

Scope and Content

Notes, a few letters and an article, W.M. Palmer, 'The antiquaries of Linton', reprinted from the Cambridge chronicle, 6 June 1913.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir John Harold Clapham (1873-1946), historian, was born at Broughton, Salford, Lancashire, on 13 September 1873. He attended the Leys School, then King's College, Cambridge, where he was a Fellow, 1898-1904. He was Professor of Economics at Leeds, 1902-1908. Clapham was elected a Fellow of King's for a second time in 1908, and was tutor, 1913-1928, and Vice-Provost, 1933-1943. He was Professor of Economic History at the university, 1928-1938, and was knighted in 1943. He died while travelling by train from London to Cambridge on 29 March 1946.

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Acquisition Information

Presented by Lady Postan, 1983.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Sir John Clapham in L.G. Wickham Legg and E.T. Williams, eds, Dictionary of national biography, 1941-1950 (Oxford University Press, 1959), pp. 153-154.

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