Richard Williamson: School Classics Notebook

Scope and Content

A classics notebook compiled apparently by Richard Williamson, 231 folios. There are loose sheets in the volume from a printed work, one of which has the manuscript note 'Mr. E.R. Williamson. To the care of Revd. D. Williamson Deans Yard Westminster'. According to a list of contents and subject index on folios ii-iv, the book is divided into three sections, 'geography and places', 'philosophy and persons' and 'antiquities and things', which, however, are intermingled in the text. On fos 221v-228v, written in reverse in the same hand, is a list of boys admitted to Westminster School, 1811-1828, with references to the pages of a book or record. Fos i, 94, 114-119, 128-133, 138-141, 158-158, 195-198, 205-208, 210 and 213 are blank.

Administrative / Biographical History

Richard Williamson was born at Campton, Bedfordshire, on 25 November 1802, the son of the Revd Edmund Williamson. He was educated at Wesminister School, before matriculating at Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1821 (B.A., 1825; M.A., 1828; D.D., 1835), where he became a fellow in 1827. He was admitted at the Inner Temple in 1827, and was ordained deacon in 1828, and priest in 1829. He was headmaster of Westminster School, 1828-1846; rector of Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire, 1844-1850; and vicar of Pershore, Worcestershire, 1850-1865.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Bequest of Edward Atkinson, 1915.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Williamson in Alumni Cantabrigienses, Part II, Vol. VI (Cambridge University Press, 1954), p. 504.

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