Thomas McKenny Hughes: Personal and family papers

Scope and Content

1-7. Papers of Thomas McKenny Hughes:

1. General correspondence, 1847-1916; 2. Subject files, 1857-1916; 3. Bound illuminated address, 1898; 4. Papers relating mainly to University administration, 1876-1912; 5. Index slips to his publications, 1858-1916; 6. Bound volumes of offprints and press cuttings, 1857-1917; 7. Loose press cuttings, 1875-1914.

8. Papers of Mary Caroline Hughes:

A. Correspondence; B. Diaries; C. Illustrated journals; D. Album of sketches and letters by H.G. Jones; E. 'Tracts, speeches, reports. M.C. Hughes.'

9. Papers of Thomas McKenny Hughes junior, George Ravensworth Hughes and Alfred Weston Hughes:

A. General correspondence; B. Letters of condolence on the death of Thomas McKenny Hughes; C. Press cuttings on the death of Thomas McKenny Hughes.

10. Papers of Joshua Hughes, Bishop of St Asaph:

1-45. Correspondence; 46-49. Miscellaneous papers.

11. Papers of Sir Thomas McKenny and his estates

12. Miscellaneous Hughes family papers:

A. Miscellaneous papers; B. Photographs; C. Letters between third parties.

13. Papers of Canon George Frederick Weston:

A. Antiquarian correspondence and papers; B. Correspondence and papers relating toWeston family history; C. Letters from Caroline James (afterwards Weston); D. Miscellaneous correspondence.

14. Letters received by Caroline Weston (ne James)

15. Letters of other members of the James family

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas McKenny Hughes (1832-1917) was born on 17 December 1832, the eldest child of the Revd Joshua Hughes (1807-1889) and his wife Margaret, daughter and ultimately heiress of Sir Thomas McKenny (1832-1917), Lord Mayor of Dublin. Hughes was educated at Leamington College and the Welsh Educational Institution, Llandovery, before entering Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1853 (B.A., 1857). He joined the Geological Survey in 1861, and was Woodwardian Professor of Geology, Cambridge University, 1873-1917. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1889. In November 1882 he married Mary Caroline Weston, daughter of Canon G.F. Weston (1819-1887), Vicar of Crosby Ravensworth, and Caroline Weston (1824-1864). They had three sons, Alfred Weston (1895-1970), George Ravensworth (1888-1983) and Thomas McKenny (1884-1918). Hughes died on 9 June 1917.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

MSS.Add.9557/6 A-G and 9557/8 E were purchased from Graham Hughes Esq., grandson of Thomas McKenny Hughes, 1991. The remaining papers were purchased from Mr Hughes and his sister Mrs Jane Fawcett, 1999.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Other Finding Aids

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Conditions Governing Use

Copyright remaining in the writings of Professor and Mrs Thomas McKenny Hughes is retained by their family, represented by Mrs Fawcett, 35 Milson Road, London, W14 0LH, whose permission is necessary for publication.


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