William, Lord Conway of Allington and family: Letters and Papers

Scope and Content

The collection contains around 4,300 letters, of which the majority are between Martin Conway and his relatives, principally his parents William and Elizabeth Conway; his first wife Katrina, and her mother and stepfather, Abigail and Manton Marble; and his daughter Agnes and her husband George Horsfield. Of correspondents outside the family, only letters to and from Henry Bradshaw and Karl Pearson (the latter nearly all typed copies) survive in any great numbers. The collection also includes an almost complete series of diaries covering the adult life of Martin Conway, as well as the diaries of William Conway and Agnes. There are also miscellaneous papers, which have been only roughly sorted, and relate mainly to Martin Conway.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Martin Conway (1856-1937), Lord Conway of Allington, was the son of William Conway (1815-1876) and his wife Elizabeth (1829-1912), ne Martin. Conway married Katrina Glidden (1856-1933), daughter of Charles Allen Lampard (d. 1873) and Abigail Lambard (d. 1909), ne Williams. Katrina Conway's mother married for a second time, to Manton Marble (1834-1917). William and Katrina Conway had a daughter, Agnes Ethel (1885-1950), who married George Horsfield (1882-1956).

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Presented by Miss Joan Evans, executor of Agnes Horsfield, July 1966.


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

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.


The papers form the basis of Joan Evans's book The Conways: A History of Three Generations (London, 1966).