Burdett-Coutts Papers

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      GB 161 MSS. Eng. hist. a. 9, b. 195-201, c. 292-7, d. 215-18; Eng. lett. c. 61-6, d. 92-8; Autogr. c. 23
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Scope and Content

The Burdett-Coutts collection consists mainly of:  

  • Papers of Sir Francis Burdett, 1644-1895 (predominantly 19th century)
  • Papers of Thomas Coutts, 1753-1842
  • Papers of M.W. Patterson, 1795-1938, relating to Sir Francis Burdett and his times, 1770-1844 (London, 1931)

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Francis Burdett, 5th baronet (1770-1844) was a politician. His father-in-law was Thomas Coutts (1735-1822), banker. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/specialcollections).

Acquisition Information

The papers were given to the Library in 1944.


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

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 39452-82.

Custodial History

The papers belonged successively to Sir Francis's youngest daughter, Angela, Baroness Burdett-Coutts, her husband, W.L. Ashmead-Bartlett, and his nephew Seabury Ashmead-Bartlett (later Burdett-Coutts).


The papers were used extensively used by M.W. Patterson in his Sir Francis Burdett and his times, 1770-1844 (London, 1931).