Papers of George William Frederick Villiers, 4th Earl of Clarendon, and Sir Thomas Villiers Lister

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      GB 161 MSS. Eng. hist. c. 1034, d. 483; Eng. lett. c. 538, d. 514-19
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Scope and Content

This collection consists of:  

  • Letters from George William Frederick Villiers and Lady Clarendon to Lord Clarendon's sister, Lady Theresa Lewis, 1838-65.
  • Correspondence and papers of Sir Thomas Villiers Lister, 1845-92
  • Sir Thomas Villiers Lister's journals, 1855, 1856 and 1861

Administrative / Biographical History

George William Frederick Villiers, 4th Earl of Clarendon (1800-1870) was a statesman. Lady Maria Theresa Lewis (1803-1865) ne Villiers, afterwards Lister, biographer, was the sister of Lord Clarendon. Her son was Sir Thomas Villiers Lister (1832-1902), Assistant Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs. Details of Lord Clarendon and Lady Maria Theresa are given in the Dictionary of National Biography. Details of Sir Thomas Villiers Lister are given in Who Was Who.

Access Information

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

Acquisition Information

The papers were bought from Sotheby's in 1982.


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

Other Finding Aids

A catalogue of the collection is available online at

Related Material

See also Papers of the Earls of Clarendon (MSS. Clar. dep. b. 33-8, c. 1-104, c. 125-49, c. 178-226, c. 246-78, c. 327-47, c. 357-426, c. 428-32, c. 441-510, c. 520-62; MSS. Clar. dep. Irish boxes 1-82; MSS. Clar. dep. Irish vols. 1-28; MS. Film 34), and Papers of Lady Katherine Clarendon and other members of the Clarendon family (MSS. Eng. c. 2082-181, d. 2048-54, e. 2074-132).