Sir George Augustus William Shuckburgh-Evelyn: Astronomical Observations

Scope and Content

MSS.Add.4523-4528: Ephemeris, 1774-1793, 6 volumes.

Vol. 1: 'Astronomical Ephemeris with a Register of the Weather commencing in Sepbr 1774. Part the 1st', 22 folios.

Vol. 2: 'Astronomical Observations continued From Nov. 13th 1774 to Feb. 28th 1775, all made at Amiens, the Capital of Picardy in France. (Part the 2d)', 22 folios.

Vol. 3: 'Astronomical Observations etc. continued from March the 1st 1775 to March the 1st 1776 (Part the 3d)', 22 folios.

Vol. 4: 'Astronomical Observations continued from March the 2d 1776 to June the 27th 1778 (Part the 4th)', 22 folios.

Vol. 5: 'Astronomical Observations continued from August the 7th 1778 to August the 12th 1780 (Part the 5th)', 22 folios.

Vol. 6: 'Astronomical Observations continued from August the 12th 1780 to [Nov. the 12th 1793] (Part the 6th)', 30 folios.

MSS.Add.4529-4530: Equatorial Instrument, c. 1793, 2 volumes.

'Observations with a View to examine & adjust the Equatorial Instrument, No. 1', 30 folios. Many of the versos are blank.

'Observations with a View to examine & adjust the Equatorial Instrument, No. 2', 28 folios.

MSS.Add.4531-4534: Astronomical observations, 1791-1797, 4 volumes.

'Astronomical Observations Reduced From Sept. 39th 1791 to Dec. 29 1791. No.1', 28 folios.

'Astronomical Observations Reduced No. 2, 1792', 28 folios.

'Astronomical Observations Reduced', 1793-1797, 58 folios.

'First Minutes of Astronomical Observations No. 2', 1792, 30 folios. The original figures are in pencil, with additions and notes in ink.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir George Augustus William Shuckburgh-Evelyn (1751-1804), 6th Baronet and mathematician, was born on 23 August 1751. He was educated at Rugby from 1760, and entered Balliol College, Oxford, in 1768 (B.A., 1772). Shuckburgh-Evelyn carried out investigations into the measurement of length, capacity and weight, and published Observations made in Savoy to ascertain the height of mountains by the barometer (London, 1777). He was the member of parliament for Warwickshire, 1780-1804. He died at Shuckburgh on 11 August 1804.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Presented by Mrs C. Leeson Prince, 1903.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Shuckburgh-Evelyn in Sidney Lee, ed., Dictionary of national biography, Vol. XVIII (London, 1909), pp. 167-168.

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For further information about MSS.Add.4529 and 4530 see Sir George Shuckburgh-Evelyn, 'An Account of the Equatorial Instrument' in Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society, Vol. 83 (1793), p. 67, which was afterwards reprinted (?London, ?1793).

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