Papers of Canon Charles Shaw and his wife, Lilian Shaw

Scope and Content

This collection comprises the diaries and other miscellaneous papers of Charles and Lilian Shaw as CMS missionaries in India. The diaries of Charles Shaw comprise an unbroken series from 1912 up to 1959; the diaries of Lilian Shaw cover the two years 1914 and 1929

Administrative / Biographical History

Charles Lawrence Shaw (1886-1965) was born in Foochow, China, the son of Charles Shaw, a Church Missionary Society (CMS) missionary. He was educated at the Church Missionary Society (CMS) Children's Home at Limpsfield, St Lawrence College, Ramsgate and Sidney Sussex College and Ridley Hall, Cambridge. He was ordained as a deacon in 1909 and as a priest in 1920 and became curate of West Ham parish church. He was accepted as a CMS missionary in 1911 and served firstly at Biladia (Central Provinces Mission) and then with the West India Mission at Lusadia and Kherwara. He was appointed Canon of Bombay in 1940 and retired from full service in 1950. He returned to England in 1954 after the death of his wife, Lily Compigne (ne Guilford 1884-1954), daughter of Edward Guilford, also a CMS missionary. He died in 1965.

Reference: unpublished additions to the CMS register of missionaries (men 1911-1914) in the CMS archives


This collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into one series: Family Papers.

Access Information

Open. Access to all registered researchers.

Acquisition Information

Deposited with the CMS in 1965; transferred to the Special Collections Department by the CMS in the 1980s.

Other Finding Aids

Please see online catalogue for further details.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the University Archivist, Special Collections. Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Special Collections will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

Related Material

The Special Collections Department holds the Church Missionary Society Archive, the official archive of the society (GB 150 CMS), which includes papers relating to Canon and Mrs Shaw's service as CMS missionaries.

The University of Birmingham, Special Collections Department and the Orchard Learning Resources Centre hold a rich collection of archives relating to missions, charities and other religious and ecclesiastical organisations and individuals.