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Courtney Stanhope Kenny papers, 1708 - 1930

Reference Code: GBR/0269/DCPP/KEN

Scope and Contents

From the Management Group:

Including papers of Masters, Professors and Fellows of Downing College, and gifts from past members. Includes academic administrative records but not estates correspondence.


  • Creation: 1708 - 1930


Conditions Governing Access

From the Management Group:

Some records series are subject to confidentiality restrictions with the following closure periods: 30 years from date of creation for general administration files, legal records and financial files; 50 years from date of creation for governmental records, including papers of the College Governing Body and College Council, and constituent committees; 100 years from date of creation for personal and personnel records, including tutorial files, staff and fellows files and appointment records, personal finance and pension records. In addition sensitive correspondence and papers concerning College affairs such as disputes and disciplinary matters are closed for 100 years. Restrictions apply on some personal and private papers.

Biographical / Historical

Courtney Stanhope Kenny was born in 1847, the son of William Fenton Kenny and Agnes (nee Ralph, the daughter of John Rhodes Ralph), both of Halifax. He was admitted as an undergraduate to Downing College in 1871 after several years' work with a firm of solicitors. He won a scholarship in 1872 and was senior in the History and Law Tripos in 1874. He was elected President of the Union and, in 1875, won the Chancellor's medal for legal studies. He was elected as a Fellow of Downing College in 1875 and appointed to a lectureship in law and moral science. He won three successive Yorke Prizes, 1877-79, writing essays on the history of the law of primogeniture, the law relating to married women's property and the law of charities. In 1881, he was called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn. In the 1885 and 1886 general elections, he was elected as Liberal MP for Barnsley and introduced bills for the abolition of primogeniture and for the amendment of the law relating to blasphemy. He supported Irish Home Rule. He resigned as an MP in 1888 following his appointment as University Reader in English Law at Cambridge University. Following the death of F. W. Maitland in 1906, Kenny was elected as Downing Professor of the Laws of England, a position he held from 1907 until his retirement in 1918. He died in 1930 following an accident in Tennis Court Road after leaving the College. The Kenny Gates were erected in his memory, paid for by his daughters, and officially unveiled at the opening of the Baker Buildings.


c. 8 archive box(es) : Paper

Language of Materials


Related Materials

HWP Stevens papers; Agnes Kenny donation, DCPP/KEN2; DCPH/01/022; DCPP/FREN/1/03/03 for Stanley French research papers on Kenny; DCPP/WOR/2 for Kenny's Worsley publications. DCPP/BIR/3 for connected Birkbeck papers; DCAR/1/6/11/1/38-43 for bequest files; DCPP/MUN for Crawford Munro papers.


Kenny, Courtney Stanhope (1847-1930) jurist and politician

Finding aid date

2001-05-29 09:47:32+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Downing College Repository

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