Correspondence of John Ellerton (1826-1893), clergyman and hymn writer, chiefly with his son, Frank Ellerton, and with William Walsham How the first bishop of Wakefield, with some photographs and printed books. The bulk of the collection is madeup of the John Ellerton and Ellerton family genealogical research papers of Fabian Robertson, and includes many copies of original records still in private hands and photocopies of manuscripts and published works.
John Ellerton Archive
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- ReferenceGB 33 ELT
- Dates of Creation1844-2014
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description1 metre
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
John Ellerton was born 16 December 1826 in Clerkenwell, London, the elder son of George Ellerton (1776-1844) and his second wife Jemima Frances Ellerton (née Brown; 24 January 1795-1866). Having attended King William's College, Isle of Man, fromMichaelmas 1845 Ellerton studied at Trinity College, Cambridge, and graduated with a B.A. in 1849, gaining a M.A. in 1854. On 19 May 1860 he married Charlotte Alicia (b. 27 May; d. 1896), the daughter of William Hart of Brighton, formerly ofDorking, and they had seven sons and four daughters. Correspondence with Charlotte's sister Catherine Hart is also present in the collection. John Ellerton died on 15 June 1893, at Torquay, Devon.
Ellerton's ecclesiastical career began with his ordination at Chichester, as a deacon in 1850 and priest in 1851. He was curate of Easebourne, Sussex, 1850-1852, then at Brighton and lecturer at St Peter's 1852-1860; vicar of Crewe Green,Cheshire and chaplain to Lord Crewe 1860-1872; rector of Hinstock, Shropshire 1872-1876; rector of Barnes, Surrey 1879-1884; chaplain at Pegli, Italy 1884-1885; and rector of White Roding, Essex 1885-1892. Appointed honorary canon of St Albans in1892, he was never installed.
The author of several theological and devotional works, Ellerton is best known as a hymnologist and hymn-writer.
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Donated by Fabian Robertson on 17 February 2014 (Misc.2013/14:42).
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Catalogue of manuscripts and papers.
Books and other printed items are entered in the Library's catalogue http://library.dur.ac.uk/.
A comprensive index (ELT 18) of the collection created by the donor may serve as a detailed catalogue until the collection is more fully catalogued. The index has been annotated to indicate the new numbering scheme.
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