Theophilus Rowe: Personal and family papers

Scope and Content

Papers relating to Theophilus Rowe, his wives and other family members. The largest part of the collection is correspondence, a portion of which is arranged into envelopes by year. There are also diaries, notebooks, sketchbooks, photographs, financial records (mainly bills), sets of pictorially-headed writing paper, printed items, and manuscript documents, including poems and a memoir of Rowe, written by his second wife after his death.

Administrative / Biographical History

Theophilus Barton Rowe (1833-1905) was born at Croydon, Surrey, on 25 January 1833, and educated at Woodhouse Grove, near Leeds, and in Durham. He entered St John's College, Cambridge, in 1852 (B.A, 1856; M.A., 1859), where he was a Fellow, 1858-1861. Rowe was ordained deacon in 1859, and priest in 1879. He was curate of Bathampton, Somerset, 1859-1861. Thereafter, he was vice-principal, Grosvenor College, Bath, 1861; assistant master, Uppingham School, 1861-1875; and headmaster, Tonbridge School, 1875-1890. He married his first wife, Eliza Nicholls, daughter of J.V. Buckle Esq., of Sandgate, Australia, in 1861. His second marriage, to Blanche Hanbury, took place in 1888. Rowe died in Bournemouth on 13 January 1905.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Misses D.H. and B. Rowe, 31 July 1978.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Theophilus Rowe in J.A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses, part II, vol. V (Cambridge University Press, 1953), pp. 369-370.

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