Research papers of Thomas William Brogden (1845-1925) concerning the Battle of Waterloo,1833-1910

Scope and Content

The collection includes:

  • Research notebooks of T.W. Brogden, c.1898-c.1908 (MS 59/1/1).
  • Correspondence to T.W. Brogden with accompanying manuscript notes and envelopes, August 1894-February 1925 (MS 59/1/2).
  • Loose manuscript notes of T W Brogden, 1895 (MS 59/1/3).
  • Photographs and printed images from secondary sources (MS 59/1/4).
  • Newspaper cuttings, January 1894-June 1909 (MS 59/1/5).
  • Correspondence from Captain William Siborne to Sir John Philippart, April 1833-July 1848 (MS 59/2).

The papers in the collection are primarily concerned with the events, personalities andhistoriography of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. None are contemporaneous with the battle but theycontain a vast amount of information spanning almost 80 years of research. Correspondents withBrogden include Major General Herbert Taylor Siborne (MS 59/1/2/23,25), the Third Earl Cathcart (MS59/1/2/2-5,7-19), and Major R R Ward (MS 59/1/2/33-34).

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas William Brogden was born in Lincoln in 1844 where his father was a printer and newspaperproprietor. After leaving Shrewsbury School, Thomas was admitted to St John's College, Cambridge in1863 from where he obtained a BA in 1867 and an MA in 1870. He was admitted to the Middle Temple in1864 and called to the Bar in 1868. He worked on the Midland Circuit. His chambers were at 1, NewCourt, Temple, London. He became a Bencher in 1903. Brogden died in London on 6 April 1925.

The collection of books relating to the Battle of Waterloo and associated research papers revealthat he had a specialist knowledge and interest in the subject. No record has been discovered ofBrogden publishing a book on the subject although it seems likely that he wrote articles andcontributed to other people's books. Of the latter, we can be sure. Brogden provided the backgroundnotes to A Week at Waterloo in June 1815 by Lady De Lancey, an account of the last days onthe battlefield of her husband Sir William De Lancey. It was edited by Major R.R. Ward and was firstpublished in 1906.

Captain William Siborne (1797-1849) was also a historian of the battle. His son, Major GeneralHerbert Taylor Siborne (1826-1902), was in the Royal Engineer Corps and edited WaterlooLetters (Cassell and Co, 1891).


The collection has been divided into two groups, separating the papers of T W Brogden from thosewritten by Captain William Siborne to Sir John Philippart. The Siborne letters constitute oneseries, but Brogden's papers are divided by document type into seven series, within which, itemshave been arranged chronologically.

Access Information

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers.

REPROGRAPHIC: Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposesonly, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

Other Finding Aids

This description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright in thedescription belongs to The University of Nottingham.

Conditions Governing Use

COPYRIGHT: Permission to make published use of any material from this collection must be soughtin advance in writing from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections(email TheDepartment will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but this can be difficult and theresponsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the person wishingto publish.


Custodial History

The papers were accumulated by Thomas Brogden in the course of his research. He purchased theletters from Captain William Siborne to Sir John Philippart in March 1912. The collection wasacquired by the library of University College Nottingham (now The University of Nottingham) probablybefore 1939.

Related Material

The University of Nottingham; Printed books relating to the Battle ofWaterloo, once in the possession of T W Brogden. Some contain manuscript notes by Brogden and have newspaper cuttings pasted inside. Store: at classmarks DC241 and DC242


Major R R Ward, ed., A Week at Waterloo in June 1815 by Lady De Lancey (John Murray, London, 1906)