Poems and Translations of Francis Dukinfield Astley

Scope and Content

The volume contains poems and translations made by Francis Dukinfield Astley. In addition, a Notes and Addenda section can be found at the end of the volume, from folio 93 onwards. On folio 102 is written Lines written at Ravensthorp, in Northamptonshire, 22d April, 1821.

Administrative / Biographical History

Francis Dukinfield Astley (1781-1825) was the eldest son of John Astley, a landowner in Cheshire with lands centring around the township of Dukinfield. As well as being a racing and hunting enthusiast Francis was also a noted a poet during his day.

Access Information

The manuscript is available for consultation by any accredited reader.

Acquisition Information

This manuscript came to the John Rylands Library as part of the bequest of Mrs F. Andrew in October 1928. This substantial bequest largely comprised printed books on local history.


Description compiled by Henry Sullivan, project archivist.

Other Finding Aids

Catalogued in the Hand-List of the Collection of English Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library, 1928 (English MS 471).

Custodial History

Former owner: Frank Andrew esq.