Sir Ernest Clarke: Lectures on the history of agriculture

Scope and Content

Typescript of a series of twelve Cambridge University lectures by Sir Ernest Clarke on the history of agriculture, made by F.A. Buttress from a copy held at the Rothamsted Experimental Station.

  • MS.Add.8095: Lectures 1-3, 1897.
  • MS.Add.8096: Lectures 4-12, 1898-1899.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Ernest Clarke (1856-1923) was born in Bury St Edmunds on 21 February 1856, and educated in the town. He was a clerk in the Medical Department, Local Government Board, 1872-1881; Assistant Secretary, Share and Loan Department, Stock Exchange, 1881-1887; and Secretary of the Royal Agricultural Society of England, 1887-1905. He was granted an honorary M.A. by Cambridge University in 1894, and was First Lecturer in Agricultural History, 1896-1899, and Gilbey Lecturer in the History and Economics of Agriculture, 1897-1901. Clarke was knighted in 1898. He died on 4 March 1923.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Department of Applied Biology, Cambridge, 1975.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Sir Ernest Clarke in Who was who, vol. II, 1916-1928 (London, 1967), p. 201.

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