Sir George Harrison: The Case for the Rights of the Duchy of Cornwall to the Scilly Islands

Scope and Content

An exhaustive examination of the case for the rights of the Duchy of Cornwall to the Scilly Islands, drawn up by Sir G. Harrison, 346 folios: (fo. 4) introductory remarks; (fo. 7) records bearing on the matter from 1300; (fo. 25) further records proving the right of the Duchy to the islands; (fo. 31) evidence and instructions for the drawing up a legal report; (fo. 32v) report drawn up by W. Illingworth, record agent; (fo. 35v) citation of records by W. Illingworth to prove that the islands were vested in the Crown; (fo. 40) additional evidence; (fo. 43) reports of C.H. Bellenden Ker, conveyancer and member of the public records commission, on the evidence, concluding that the islands belonged to the Crown; (fo. 47) Harrison's report to the special commissioners for the management of the Duchy, outlining the evidence for the ancient as well as the present title of the Duchy to the islands; (fo. 217) observations of H.W. Hewlett; (fos 235-333) further legal opinions, reports and criticisms; (fo. 341) decision of the Attorney and Solicitor General accepting the rights of Duchy with some caution. Every page that is written upon is numbered at the foot in the original hand. The blank pages are left unnumbered. The verso is also mainly blank. Sir George Harrison's bookplate is inside the front cover.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir George Harrison (d. 1841), legal writer, was the son of Thomas Harrison, attorney-general and advocate of Jamaica. He studied law, and was appointed registrar for the redemption of land tax in 1798. Thereafter he was counsel to the war office, the commander-in-chief's office, and the barrack office, and in 1805 became assistant secretary of the treasury. He was made auditor for life of the Duchy of Cornwall in 1823, and for the Duchy of Lancaster in 1826. He died in London on 3 February 1841.

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

Acquisition Information

Bequeathed by Francis Jenkinson, 1923.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Harrison in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds., Dictionary of national biography, Vol. IX (London, 1908), p. 32.

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