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Groome, Francis Hindes, 1851-1902 (scholar of Gypsy life and writer)



  • Existence: 1851 - 1902


Francis Hindes Groome was born at the rectory of Monk Soham, Suffolk, on 30 August 1851. He attended Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, but did not take a degree. After living with Gypsy communities at home and abroad, he settled in Edinburgh in 1876. Groome joined Messrs Chambers in 1885, and was sub-editor of Chambers's encyclopaedia (10 vols, 1888-1892). He published 'In gipsy tents' in 1880, and 'Gypsy folk tales' in 1899. He died in London on 24 January 1902.

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John Roberts: Copies of his letters to Francis Hindes Groome, scholar of Gypsy life

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8418
Scope and Contents

A typescript copy, made by R.A.S. Macfie of letters written to F.H. Groome with manuscript annotations. There are 201 numbered pages, of which the last 17 are blank. The letters are from John Roberts, with the exception of the final letter, written by Groome's mother-in-law. The script includes early examples of Welsh Romani [Romany], for which there are 'hasty, unstudied translations' made by Macfie in September 1926.

Dates: 1876-1880 (circa. Date of transcript: 1907)
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