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.
William, Lord Conway of Allington and family: Letters and Papers
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 12 MS.Add.7676
- Dates of Creation1822-1950
- Name of Creator
- Physical Description18 boxes, 145 volumes/notebooks
Scope and Content
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).
Conditions Governing Access
Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.
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).