Manuscript diaries of George Wareing Ormerod (1810-1891), geologist, 1829-1831 and 1838. The first volume begins with retrospective recollections of his early life from 1810 up to 1829 and then, from September 1829, continues with a daily record of his life which covers a stay in Harborne near Birmingham, a brief visit to his family home at Sedbury Park, Chepstow, and then from January 1830 as an undergraduate at Brasenose College, Oxford. The second volume, for 1838, is a detailed daily record of his personal, social and professional affairs in Manchester where he was practising as a solicitor.
Personal diaries of George Ormerod
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- Dates of Creation1829-1838
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George Wareing Ormerod (1785-1873), geologist, was the second son of George Ormerod, antiquary, was born in Lancashire. He was educated at private schools and then went up to Brasenose College, Oxford. He graduated with a BA in 1833 and obtained his MA in 1836. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1836 and practised first in Manchester until 1855 and then at Chagford and Teignmouth, Devon.
His leisure time was devoted to the study of geology and he published 23 papers in all, nine in the Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society and others in the Transactions of the Devonshire Association. He also produced an index to the Transactions, Proceedings and Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society.
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The earlier diary [MS10/1] is the subject of a short article in the University's Research Libraries Bulletin, Number 5, Summer 1997.