Elizabeth Copley Letters

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Miss Copley had numerous relatives and a circle of highly connected female friends who are well represented among her correspondents, but by far the most prolific was her sister Maria, Countess Grey, who often wrote to her every day, accounting for 1,354 letters among these papers.

Miss Copley was involved in numerous religious and charitable enterprises, especially a Protestant mission to the Catholics of Ireland, based on a school and model farm at Ballinglen, Co. Mayo, and a Protestant educational mission to girls and women in Syria and Lebanon. These endeavours feature largely in her papers as does news of family and friends.

Administrative / Biographical History

Miss Elizabeth Mary Copley (1801-1887), was the sister of Maria, Countess Grey (wife of the 3rd earl), and daughter of Sir Joseph Copley, Bart, of Sprotborough, Yorks, and his wife Cecil, née Hamilton, the divorced wife of the 1st Marquess of Abercorn.


Alphabetically by correspondent, followed by a number of subject files.

Conditions Governing Access

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Part of : Earl Grey Papers

Other Finding Aids

Available online at http://endure.dur.ac.uk:8080/fedora/objects/UkDhU:EADCatalogue.0131/datastreams/XTF/content. This is arranged alphabetically by correspondents and institutions, followed by entries for subject files. The list gives a brief indication of subject content of correspondence.

Related Material

Papers of Maria, Countess Grey.