Pott, Constance Mary Fearon

Scope and Content

Handwritten research notes, offprints and publications compiled by Constance Mary Pott for her publications and many articles on the Bacon-Shakespeare authorship debate and Francis Bacon in general, including notes on emblems from natural history and other areas in Bacon and Shakespeare's works, along with correspondence with other Baconians, including Sir Edwin Durning-Lawrence and James Cary, and records of the Bacon Society (1679-1949).

Administrative / Biographical History

Born 1833; wrote under the name Mrs Henry Pott and became a prominent Shakespeare scholar and proponent of the theory that Francis Bacon was Shakespeare; died 1914.
Publications include: The promus of formularies and elegances, by Francis Bacon (1883); Did Francis Bacon write "Shakespeare"? (1884); Francis Bacon and his secret society: An attempt to collect and unite the lost links of a long and strong chain (1891).


The collection is arranged in 100 'book imitation' box files, numbered and labelled by Pott herself.

Access Information

Closed until listed.

Acquisition Information

Constance Pott's daughter, Miss C Pott, donated her mother's books and documents to the Senate house Library in 1953.

Other Finding Aids

Box list available.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Stefan Dickers for the RSLP supported AIM25 Project.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests

Related Material

Senate House Library contains the book collection that belonged to Constance Pott.

Corporate Names