George Townshend Letters and Papers

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 Eng MS 940
  • Dates of Creation
      [c 1747-1781], and 19th Century
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      145 items.

Scope and Content

Original correspondence (55 items) mostly relating to applications for assistance, addressed to George Townshend, 4th Viscount [later 1st Marquess] Townshend, as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (1767-1772), with a number of memoranda in his hand. No. 19 is a letter from Hardwicke to Townshend respecting the Commission of the Peace for Norfolk, 12 September 1747, and No. 37 is a letter to Townshend from his son at Eton, 25 October 1778.

There are also typescript copies (90 items) of personal letters written between 1773 and 1781, from George Townshend, 1st Marquess to Ann Montgomery, his second wife, with a typescript letter from T.S. Blakeney of the Friends of the National Libraries to the Librarian of the John Rylands Library concerning these copies, 28 May 1962.

Related Material

The JRUL also holds letters from George Townshend to Sir James Caldwell, 1769-1782, within the Bagshawe Muniments (refs: GB 133 BAG/3/15, BAG/3/19/1-153, BAG/3/36 ).

Location of Originals

The original letters from George Townshend to Ann Montgomery were in 1962 owned by Brigadier Beresford of Fordingbridge, Hampshire, a distant relative of Ann Montgomery.