George Crabbe: Notebooks and Library Catalogue

Scope and Content

MSS.Add.4422-4425: Notebooks of George Crabbe, 1812-1826.

MS.Add.4426: Catalogue by George Crabbe of his library, 1825, with other literary compositions.

Administrative / Biographical History

George Crabbe (1754-1832), poet, was born at Aldeburgh, Suffolk, on 24 December 1754, and was mostly self-taught. He was employed in a warehouse on the quay at Slaughden until 1768, before working as a servant for country doctors, 1768-1775. Crabbe published verses between 1772 and 1775, and studied botany and surgery, practising the latter at Aldeburgh. He was ordained deacon in 1781, and became curate of Aldeburgh in that year. He was chaplain to the Duke of Rutland at Belvoir, 1782-1785, and was presented to small livings in Dorset in 1783. In 1783 the Archbishop of Canterbury conferred Crabbe with the degree of LL.B. He was appointed curate at Stathern, Leicestershire, in 1785, and subsequently became rector of Muston, Leicestershire, and, in 1789, the non-resident vicar of Allington, Lincolnshire. He was resident as vicar of Trowbridge, Wiltshire, 1814-1832, and the non-resident vicar of Croxton, Leicestershire. Crabbe died on 3 February 1832. His collected works were published in 1834.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Presented by the Syndics of Cambridge University Press, 1907.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Crabbe in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds, Dictionary of national biography, Vol. IV (London, 1908), pp. 1353-1356.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.

Related Material

Cambridge University Library also holds notebooks of Crabbe, MSS.Add.4190-4192 and 4194.


For further information about MSS.Add.4422-4425 see Sir Adolphus Ward, ed., Poems (Cambridge University Press, 1905-1907), Vol. III, pp. vi-x.