Journal, 1849-1853, of Sir Walter Thomas William Spencer Stanhope

Scope and Content

Journal, written intermittently from Sunday, 27th May 1849 to Friday, 22nd [sic, i.e. 24th] June 1853. Ff.1-36, 27th May to 8th November 1849 (London, Oxford, London, Yorkshire, Birmingham, Northumberland, Yorkshire and Oxford); ff.37-47, 9th May to 28th July 1850 (Yorkshire, Oxford, London, Brighton, London and Yorkshire); ff.48-53, 1st July 1851 to 11th January 1852 (cruise in western approaches, London, Yorkshire, Northumberland, Yorkshire and Norfolk); ff.54-157, blank; ff.157v-172v, 11th June to 24th June 1853 (cruise to Iceland from (?) Liverpool); ff.173-178, blank.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Walter Spencer Stanhope was the son of John Spencer Stanhope of Cannon Hall, Barnsley, and Lady Elizabeth Wilhelmina, daughter of the Earl of Leicester. He was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford, obtaining a first in mathematics in 1847, (M.A. 1851). From 1847 to 1872 he served as a captain in the West Yorkshire Yeomanry. After two unsuccessful attempts at contesting the West Riding Southern Division of Yorkshire, he was elected as a Conservative MP in 1872, but was then defeated in 1880. He was knighted in 1904.

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Acquisition Information

Gift of Mr J. M. Spencer Stanhope


In English


A. M. W. Stirling, Annals of a Yorkshire house, London 1911