Diary of John Austin of Greenock

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Manuscript diary kept by John Austin in "Orr's Diary" for 1855, also containing entries for the years 1856, 1857 and 1858. Sporadic entries make the course of events difficult to follow, but the writer gives some details about his friends and social activities in Greenock and Edinburgh, and about the courtship of his future wife.

Administrative / Biographical History

Little is known about John Austin, apart from internal evidence gained from the diary. He was living in Greenock in 1855 where he worked in an office, but his family lived in Edinburgh, and he seems to have moved back there early in 1857. He married Eliza Lumsden Pratt in June 1858 in Edinburgh, and he records their courtship and marriage in the diary.

Reference: University of Birmingham, Special Collections Department, Online Archive Catalogue (http://calmview.bham.ac.uk/). Accessed May 2002.

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Access to all registered researchers.

Other Finding Aids

A paper catalogue is available in the Special Collections Department.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the University Archivist, Special Collections. Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Special Collections will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

Custodial History

Unknown.

Personal Names