Papers of Sir John Crampton

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Crampton 1-94
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
      English, French, Spanish or Castilian, and Russian.
  • Physical Description
      94 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Correspondence and papers of Crampton mainly relating to: the United States of America and Anglo-American affairs (including trade between Canada and America, navigation laws, fisheries, copyright, and the recruitment of American citizens for the British army in the Crimea), 1848-56; Russia, 1858-61, and Spain, 1861, 1868; with some personal papers. There is no correspondence for the years 1846-7, and very little apart from bills for the years 1869-86, but there is a register containing abstracts of Crampton's 'private' letters to and from the Foreign Office, 1852-68. Also includes a portrait of Crampton as a young man.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir John Crampton (1805-86) of Bushey Park, Enniskerry, co. Wicklow was a diplomat. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

Acquisition Information

Given to the Library by Miss Doreen Boyle in 1967.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 38167-260.

A catalogue of the collection, with an index, is available in the Library and at the National Register of Archives.

Custodial History

The papers were owned by Miss Selina A. P. Boyle of Bushey Park, and were bequeathed by her to Miss Doreen Boyle.

Corporate Names