Mark Tierney: Correspondence and papers

Scope and Content

The correspondence reflects Tierney's interest in Catholic history and contemporary church politics, especially in the period leading up to the establishment of the new Roman Catholic hierarchy in England in 1850. There are extensive series of letters illustrating his dealings with his publishers, especially Booker and Dolman, and series in which Tierney attempts, not always successfully, to borrow manuscripts from the Jesuits, which illustrate the tension in England in the 1830s and 1840s between the Catholic 'secular' and 'regular' clergy. The collection also contains a selection of other papers, including material relating to the building work at the Roman Catholic Church in St Leonard's, 1854-1855.

1. Correspondence

2. Subject files

3. Manuscript papers, drafts, etc.

4. Printed papers

5. Notebooks, etc.

6. Draft sale catalogue for Lingard and Tierney papers, 1917

Administrative / Biographical History

Mark Aloysius Tierney (1795-1862), Roman Catholic priest and historian, was chaplain to the Duke of Norfolk at Arundel from 1828. His chief work was his edition and continuation of Charles Dodd's Church history of England, in five volumes, 1839-1843. The edition was incomplete and ended with the year 1625. Tierney also wrote an account of the town and castle of Arundel, a memoir of John Lingard, which was reprinted in vol. X of the sixth edition of Lingard's History of England (1855), and many antiquarian and controversial articles and pamphlets.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Bernard Quaritch Ltd, 1996.


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

Other Finding Aids

A catalogue of the collection is available in the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Custodial History

Tierney left his manuscripts to Thomas Grant, Bishop of Southwark. Their provenance thereafter is uncertain, and seems to have followed that of the papers of John Lingard, MS.Add.9418.