Skip to main content

Charles Liot (J. M. Ludlow's brother-in-law) and Liot family

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.7450/22-28

Scope and Contents

From the Fonds:

Papers of John Malcolm (Forbes) Ludlow (1821-1911), and of the Ludlow and allied families, late 18th to early 20th century. This collection of papers comprises: correspondence of Ludlow's father, Lieutenant-Colonel John Ludlow, an officer in India; correspondence with his sisters, Eliza and Maria Ludlow, and Maria's husband, Charles Liot, and the Liot family; diaries of Eliza and Maria Ludlow, 1820s-1830s; papers of Charles Liot and the Liot family, some of which relate to Martinique; papers of members of the Des Graz family [Constance Des Graz was the daughter of Charles and Maria Liot (nee Ludlow)]; genealogical and bigraphical papers of the Ludlow family, including baptism certificates, wills, notes on graves and Ludlow pedigree. One of Ludlow's sisters, Maria, married Charles Liot, Treasurer of Martinique, then a French colony in the Caribbean. Coffee plantations worked by enslaved labour were a feature of Martinique from the 1720s. It seems likely that Charles Liot owned or had interest in a plantation or estate at Mondelice, Martinique, with enslaved labour (see MS Add.7450/23). According to the entry in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, John Ludlow visited Martinique in the late 1830s and 'learned a hatred of slavery' (see:


Conditions Governing Access

From the Fonds:

Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (

Language of Materials


Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

Cambridge University Library
West Road
Cambridge CB3 9DR United Kingdom