Frederic William Maitland: Lectures on Real Property

Scope and Content

Lectures on real property by Frederic William Maitland, written in a fair hand from the notes of a student attending the lectures. The lectures probably related to Maitland's course on 'Advanced Real Property', held at Cambridge University between 1887 and 1892. There are references to chapters, indicating that the writing may have been intended for publication. Correspondence found in MS.Add.4403/247-250 suggests that the note-taker was probably Charles Samuel Jackson. The papers include typescript notes on suit of court, hundred courts, townships, feudal and manorial courts, and boroughs, at pp. 421-501, which are apparently derived from another course of lectures.

Administrative / Biographical History

Frederic William Maitland (1850-1906), son of John Gorham Maitland, was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he studied moral sciences (B.A., 1873; M.A., 1876). He was called to the bar in 1876, and thereafter became reader in English law at Cambridge in 1884, and Downing Professor, 1888-1906. He was the founder of the Selden Society, which sought to encourage the study of the history of English law, and served as its literary director in 1895. He was Ford's Lecturer at Oxford in 1897, and Rede Lecturer at Cambridge in 1901. He was also an honorary fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.

Charles Samuel Jackson (1867-1916) was born at Winchester, and attended Uppingham and Bedford Grammar Schools. He entered Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1886 (B.A., 1889; M.A., 1896), and was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1894. He was mathematics instructor at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, 1891-1898, and an Equity draftsman and conveyancer. He died at Woolwich on 18 October 1916.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Purchased 1919.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on F.W. Maitland in the Concise dictionary of national biography, Part II, 1901-1970 (Oxford University Press, 1982), p. 447, and the entry on C.S. Jackson in J.A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses, Part II, Vol. III (Cambridge University Press, 1947), p. 534.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.

Related Material

Cambridge University Library holds other papers of F.W. Maitland, MSS.Add.4432 and 6987-7000.


For further details see J.H. Baker, A catalogue of English legal manuscripts in Cambridge University Library (The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, 1996), pp. 597-598.

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