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Autobiography of Cuthbert Shields


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Autobiography of Cuthbert Shields, written in five notebooks in the form of letters, 1884-1886, to F.A. Clarke, Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford and Edwin Palmer, Archdeacon of Oxford, to explain the conduct which led to his confinement in an asylum in Fulham in 1878 and prolonged travel abroad. The discursive account of his own life is interspersed with reflections on biblical, historical and political subjects.


  • Creation: 1883-1886


0.35 Linear metres (5 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Don. e. 185, fols. 1-2].

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MSS. Don. e. 185-189

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 10488


Autobiography of Cuthbert Shields, historian.

Biographical / Historical

Cuthbert James Shields (1840-1908), formerly Robert Laing, was a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and a historian. For further details see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The autobiography was bought, with two printed items relating to Shields (monumental inscription and 'In memoriam' reprinted from the Oxford Magazine, MS. Eng. c. 5739, fols. 62-64) from Maggs Bros. Ltd., and given by the Friends of the Bodleian, 1996.

Autobiography of Cuthbert Shields
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