Mary Fleming: Letters to Sir George Fleming

Scope and Content

Twenty-six autograph letters from Mary to George Fleming, 1735-1746, 49 pages, and the draft of a letter from George to Mary, 18 December 1746, 4 pages. Mary's letters, written from London, contain family gossip and information on ecclesiastical and political matters. She also writes about obtaining a good marriage for George's children.

Administrative / Biographical History

Mary Fleming was the sister-in-law of Sir George Fleming (1667-1747), 2nd Baronet. George Fleming was born at Rydal Hall on 10 June 1667, the fifth son of Sir Daniel Fleming. He entered St Edmund's Hall, Oxford, in 1688 (B.A., 1692; M.A. 1694), and became domestic chaplain to Dr Smith, Bishop of Carlisle, in 1699. Fleming became canon of Carlisle, 1700, Archdeacon, 1705, Dean, 1727, and, finally, Bishop, 1734. He succeeded as baronet in 1736, and died at Rose Castle on 2 July 1747.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Charles Higham, 2 June 1986.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Sir George Fleming in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds, Dictionary of national biography, vol. VII (London, 1908), p. 276.

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