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Malta and the Maltese race, 1896

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 59/6

Scope and Contents

A paper read to the Royal Colonial Institute, 28 January 1896.


  • 1896


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Biographical / Historical

William Kirkpatrick Riland Bedford (1826-1905), antiquary and genealogist, was born on 12 July 1826 at Sutton Coldfield rectory. He attended Sutton Coldfield Grammar School and Westminster School before entering Brasenose College, Oxford (B.A., 1848; M.A., 1852). He became Curate of Southwell, Nottinghamshire, in 1849, and was Rector of Sutton Coldfield, 1850-1892. He was an authority on the antiquities of Sutton Coldfield. Bedford was Chaplain of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, 1878-1902, and as its official genealogist wrote on the history and regulations of the Knights Hospitallers. He also published works on archery, cricket and other subjects. He died on 23 January 1905 at Cricklewood.


11 page(s) : paper

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

MSS 17

Other Finding Aids

Donald H. Simpson, ed., 'The manuscript catalogue of the library of the Royal Commonwealth Society' (London, 1975), p. 54.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The typescript was presumably presented to the R.C.I. after the lecture in 1896.


There is an abstract and report of discussion on the talk in 'Proceedings of the Royal Colonial Institute', vol. XXVII, 1895-1896, pp. 111-115.


This collection level description was created by RAS using information from Donald Simpson's R.C.S. catalogue. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on William Bedford in Sir Sidney Lee, ed., 'Dictionary of national biography', 1901-1911, vol. I (Oxford University Press, 1927), p. 125.


Bedford, William Kirkpatrick Riland, 1826-1905, antiquary and genealogist

Finding aid date

2004-01-06 15:15:21+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

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