Bundle of letters

Scope and Content

From Vivian Hunter Galbraith, (1889-1976), historian.

80/1 31 Oct [?], thanks Tait for offering to read "Chronicle", adds details on particular aspects of this work, offers opinion on dating and written St Mary's Abbey, York.

80/2 "Thursday" [n.d. but pre-1919] thanks Tait for advice; mentions knight's fees at Bury [St Edmunds], for which he has much material; notes that Ranulf Glanville appears in Red Book, a detail missed by Dictionary of National Biography and Maitland.

80/3 12 & 15 Jan [1915?], decides to join up with armed forces due to "inward compulsion against states, inclinations and (almost) private convictions", and outlines his reasons for doing so, influenced by Powicke acting as "recruiting sergeant". Has surveyed the Bury St Edmund's registers and finds information "fragmentary", but believes a selection could be published, may be case for more detailed history of the Abbey. Hopes may be sent to Cambridge to train as will allow him to look at the Bury mss there; adds later note been sent to Oxford and recommended for a Territorial commission.

80/4 19 Jan [? c.1915-1918], encloses transcript of "Articuli", difficulties with medieval French and 14th century palaeography. Encloses list of "knights of old feoffment" in 1166 Inquest, and its reference to constabularia. Describes his military activities, has joined up with West Surrey Regiment, also working at British Museum.

80/5 10 Feb 1919, sends an article (not present) which he hopes will be published in the EHR; finishing work on "constabularii" before beginning work on Bury St Edmunds cartularies; glad to be back at work; says might mention to the "professor" [presumably Tout] that manuscripts are now available again at the British Museum.

80/6 20 Feb 1919, Tait has commented on his article; asks if could also comment on his work on knights' fees; also mentions constabularii, mentioned in 1205 Ordinance, fears wasted lot of time on them.

80/7 29 Nov 1921, comments on current work on chronicles, send section on 1377-1381 /1 related to this.

80/8 4 Apr 1922, has looked at two rolls and cannot provide information on "penknek"? .

80/9 10 Nov 1922, a note thanking him for offer of Prince's transcript [unidentified] .

89/10 12 Feb 1924, not found missing membranes [at PRO] responds to queries on fee subsidies in Edward II's reign and a schedule provided by "Buckland" [present as attachment to letter; postscript adds membranes have been found; been in Oxford looking at Corpus ms 78m a French translation of the Chronicon Anglie from 1377-1381].

80/11 6 May 1924, note asks for advice on an extract from Anominalle chronicle (in French) on Gloucester parliament 1378; says moved to new house.

80/12 20 Nov 1924, first church at Bury St Edmund's, suggested as being "Hagelsdin", queries if this could be Hadleigh; also identity of "Buiri".

80/13 8 Apr [?], St Alban's Chronicle, and information on period 1406-1413, has come upon a version it in Bodleian ms 462; suggestion could be printed; also discusses various academic promotions which has written testimonials.

80/14 2 Oct 1932, note on Tout's article, 'A medieval burglary'.

80/15 4 Nov 1937, writes from Edinburgh [where had recently been appointed professor]; refers to Balliol ms 350, a 12th century transcript of Hereford Domesday, asks for comments on his work on this. His teaching of an ordinary class in British history, proposed changes to the syllabus, using the Anonimalle chronicle for a course on the Good Parliament and peasants' revolt [a ms. of St. Mary's abbey, York, which Galbraith had edited for publication in 1927].

80/16 18 Jun 1939 says [Frank] Stenton had looked at Balliol ms 350 and "registered great excitement", and believes should be published in entirety [Balliol Ms 350 is a copy of Domesday Book relating to Herefordshire, it was published as Herefordshire Domesday, circa 1160-1170. (London 1950), edited by V. H. Galbraith and... James Tait.]

80/17 15 Jul 1939, thanks for congratulations [presumably election as FBA], Tait's and Powicke's congratulations meant most to him; reminiscences of the Manchester special subject, and wonders if should be introduced at Edinburgh; his experience of it at Leeds not favourable, and believes success depends on quality of teachers. Discussed the Balliol manuscript plan with Jowett manuscript trustees and does not think will be a problem; will transcribe the manuscript. Also mentions work on a conscientious objectors panel; mentions trip to Normandy when will be joined by Dick [Richard] Southern to look at Norman archives.

80/18 14 Apr 1940, Hereford Domesday, options for publishing, opinions of Stentons; his current research; discusses the war believes "approaching some sort of climax".

80/19 3 Nov 1940, asks if Tait would visit them in Edinburgh; work on the Hereford Domesday.

80/20 11 Nov [1940?]; disappointed Tait can't visit, might send the Domesday text in Christmas vacation; expresses unfavourable opinion of the historian G P Gooch.

80/21 1 Dec 1940, informs will be delivering the Ford's lectures (at Oxford); fears might not have enough time to prepare, might have to speak on "Our public records", and has wanted to write on the history of their custody [Galbraith's Ford's lectures were titled "Studies in the public records"]. Considers could also write on history of Domesday book, including Hereford Domesday. Reports very little bombing in Edinburgh.

80/22 30 Apr 1941, his work on lectures on public records, one which is Domesday as a public record; believes East Anglian Domesday completed verbally after death of Conqueror, asks Tait's opinion, and believes point was missed by J H Round. Recovering from undulant fever; pleased he has been able to complete Ford's lectures, which Richard Southern is checking. Still "unblitzed" in Edinburgh.

80/23 7 May 1941, appears Tait has answered his query on the East Anglian Domesday (see /22).

80/24 undated note by Galbraith concerning his corrections to the Dunster charter.

Related Material

See also TAI/3/29 for Galbraith's correspondence relating to the Exon Domesday.