Lady Mary Knutsford collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of correspondence by Lady Knutsford with the Antarctic explorer Apsley Cherry-Garrard (assistant zoologist, British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913) regarding non polar matters.

Administrative / Biographical History

Lady Mary Ashburnham was born in 1859, the youngest daughter of Bertram Ashburnham, fourth Earl of Ashburnham. In 1883, she married Sydney George Holland, the hospital administrator and reformer, and they had two daughters. The family lived at Kneesworth Hall, near Royston, Hertfordshire. In 1914, Holland succeeded his father as third baronet and second Viscount Knutsford. Viscountess Knutsford was widowed in 1931 and she died in 1947.


The correspondence is arranged chronologically.

Conditions Governing Access

By appointment.

Some materials deposited at the Institute are NOT owned by the Institute. In such cases the archivist will advise about any requirements imposed by the owner. These may include seeking permission to read, extended closure, or other specific conditions.


Anyone wishing to consult material should ensure they note the entire MS reference and the name of the originator.

The term holograph is used when the item is wholly in the handwriting of the author. The term autograph is used when the author has signed the item.

Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN 0521309034 and Dictionary of National Biography, 1931-1940, with an index covering the years 1901-1940 in one alphabetical series, Oxford University Press, London (1950) and Archives in London and the M25

Other Finding Aids

Clive Holland Manuscripts in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England - a catalogue, Garland Publishing New York and London (1982) ISBN 0824093941.

Additional finding aids are available at the Institute.

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Further accessions possible.