Personal diaries of George Ormerod

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

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.

Administrative / Biographical History

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.

Reference: University of Birmingham, Special Collections Department, Online Archive Catalogue (http://calmview.bham.ac.uk/). Accessed May 2002.

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Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the University Archivist, Special Collections. Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Special Collections will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

Related Material

Other papers of George Wareing Ormerod have been deposited elsewhere: British Geological Survey Library (geological register of notes, 1870-90); Bodleian Library, Department of Western Manuscripts (family correspondence, 1824-84)

Bibliography

The earlier diary [MS10/1] is the subject of a short article in the University's Research Libraries Bulletin, Number 5, Summer 1997.