Papers of Robert Hudson and William Cotton

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      GB 161 MSS. Eng. c. 7099, d. 3551, d. 3605, e. 3438-48
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Scope and Content

The Hudson papers mainly comprise travel journals written by Robert Hudson, 1818-34, in England, Scotland, Wales, France, Germany and Switzerland. The Cotton papers comprise an autobiography and miscellaneous papers.

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert Hudson was born in 1801 in Camberwell, son of Robert Hudson of the East India Company and Demetria, sister of William Cotton. He matriculated at New College, Oxford in 1823 - see J. Foster, Alumni Oxonienses, 1715-1886 (London, 1887).

William Cotton, later of Ivybridge, Devon, was born in 1794, son of William of St. Laurence Pountney, London. He matriculated at Exeter College, Oxford in 1811, becoming B.A. in 1814 and M.A. in 1818 - see Foster, Alumni Oxonienses, 1715-1886. For further information see Gerald Hamilton-Edwards, An exhibition of Old Master and English drawings and European bronzes (Sotheby's, 1979), and the Plymouth City Museums and Art Gallery web site ( relating to the Cottonian Collection.

Conditions Governing Access

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Acquisition Information

The papers were bequeathed by Gerald Hamilton-Edwards in 1987.


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

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