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John Lingard: Correspondence and papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9418

Scope and Contents

The collection includes correspondence with several of Lingard's colleagues from Douai and Ushaw, Roman Catholic Vicars-Apostolic (bishops), religious historians, antiquaries, archivists, publishers and editors, both British and French. The correspondence includes that of Charles Butler, the Catholic layman and advocate of emancipation, including Lingard's letters, which were returned to him by Butler's daughter after the death of her father in 1842. There are also twenty-five letters between third parties and a small selection of miscellaneous papers.


  • Creation: 1791-1852 (Circa)


Conditions Governing Access

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 (


2 archive box(es) (2 boxes)

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Other Finding Aids

There is a full catalogue of the collection at MS Add. 9418/4. There is also a full catalogue available at the Manuscripts Reading Room desk.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers passed after Lingard's death to his friend and first biographer, Mark Tierney. They were held in private hands, along with Tierney's papers (MS.Add.9419), until they were summarily catalogued and prepared for sale in 1917, although the sale did not take place at this time. Purchased by the University Library from Bernard Quaritch ltd. In 1996.


For further information about John Lingard see Mark Tierney's brief memoir of Lingard (1854); Martin Maile and Edwin Bonney, Life and letters of John Lingard (London, 1911); J. Fletcher, Lingard (1925); and Donald Shea, The English Ranke: John Lingard (1966).
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Repository Details

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