Diaries of the White Family of Selborne

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      GB 161 MSS. Eng. misc. b. 33-7, c. 154-7, c. 198, d. 230, d. 241, f. 65
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Scope and Content

Diaries kept by members of the White family, consisting of:  

  • Diaries of Henry White at Fyfield, 1785, 1788
  • Diaries of Charles Henry White and Sampson White at Fyfield, 1790-1802
  • Diaries of Sampson White at Maidford, 1800-23
  • Diary of Francis Henry White, 1804
  • Diary of Sampson Henry White, 1826
  The diaries include detailed weather reports, with accounts of work and events in parish, farm, garden and household.

Administrative / Biographical History

The White family of Selborne includes Henry White (1733-1788), Rector of Fyfield and naturalist; Charles Henry White (d 1859), second son of Henry White; Sampson White (d 1826) eldest son of Henry White; Francis Henry White (d 1864), fourth son of Henry White; and Sampson Henry White (d 1871), son of Sampson White.

Conditions Governing Access

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/specialcollections).

Acquisition Information

The diaries were bequeathed to the Library by G.J.Dew in 1931.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 42111-32.