Horatio Walpole: Papers

Scope and Content

MS.Add.8570: 'Mr Walpole's apology', c. 1739, 1 volume.

MS.Add.8572: Papers on Irish wool smuggling, 1753-1755, 1 folder.

Administrative / Biographical History

Horatio (Horace) Walpole, Baron Walpole (1678-1757), diplomat, was born in Houghton, Norfolk, on 8 December 1678, and educated at Eton. He entered King's College, Cambridge, in 1698, and became a Fellow in 1702. He was admitted to Lincoln's Inn in 1700. Walpole was a Member of Parliament, 1710-1756. He was Secretary to the Treasury, 1715-1717 and 1721, and Ambassador to The Hague, 1722 and 1733-1740, and at Paris, 1723-1730. He was created Baron Walpole of Wolterton in 1756. He died at Wolterton Hall on 5 February 1757.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Purchased at Christie's, 29 May 1986.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Horatio Walpole in John Venn and J.A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses, part I, vol. IV (Cambridge University Press, 1927), p. 324.

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