Archive of the Macirone Family
The correspondence covers from a decade prior to George and Mary Ann’s marriage, 1807, to the adulthood of George Augustus’ children, 1954, but the largest concentration of correspondence consists of letters during 1846-1850 between George, Mary Ann, Clara, Emily and George Augustus Macirone, particularly during George Macirone’s stays at Northampton Lunatic Asylum and Heigham Hall in Norwich.
There are also a number of letters between George Macirone and his brother, Francis Macirone, prior to the latter’s death in 1846 as well as letters sent to Mary Ann from her sister Clara Warne and other members of the Warne Family between 1833-1861 and her brothers George Perriman and Edward Perriman between 1841-1863 and 1843-1864 respectively. From 1878 onwards there are also letters to and from George Augustus’ children, particularly his daughter, Catharine.
The personal diaries cover several topics, including daily agendas, George Augustus' engineering notes and reminiscences. The family history scrapbooks include information on the Macirones. The history of the family of Mary Macirone (nee Fortescue) is also included in scrapbooks on the Fortescue and Knottesford families, with material included from 1584, pre-dating the principal members of the Macirone family in this archive. There is also a small number of miscellaneous papers.
The born-digital material includes transcriptions of the family’s letters, information on the content and transcription of diaries, a chronological account of the family’s life and Patricia Neate’s as yet unpublished book on the Macirone Family.
1.54 Linear metres (14 physical shelfmarks; 1 digital shelfmark)
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CMD ID 11904
Biographical / Historical
Clara Macirone, (1821-1914) was the oldest child of George and Mary Ann Macirone (nee Perriman). A musician and composer, Clara entered the Royal Academy of Music in 1839 as a day student. Clara later played several concerts, accompanied by Johann Pischek and released choral songbooks, but spent much of her time in teaching to provide for the family during George’s illnesses.
Emily Macirone (1827-1888), the second child of George and Mary Ann. A watercolour artist, in 1842 she attended Sir Francis Chantry’s studio and studied at the National Gallery and later exhibited some of her own works at the Royal Academy. Like Clara, Emily eventually turned to teaching to provide an income for herself and the family.
George Augustus Macirone, (1834-1910) was the youngest of George and Mary Ann’s children. He studied at King’s College and Christ’s Hospital School before apprenticing as an engineer in Napier’s Shipyard in Scotland in 1852, and later worked for the Admiralty. He married Mary Fortescue in 1870. The couple had 6 children: Francis Peter, Catharine Mary, Lucy Angelica, Teresa Barbara (known as Terry), Maria Lutugarda (known as Lutu or Tootoo) and Emily Clara.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- 16th century
- 17th century
- 18th century
- 19th century
- 20th century
- 21st century
- Letters -- 19th century
- Macirone | Francis | 1787-1846 | soldier and mechanical inventor
- Macirone | George Augustus | 1834-1910 | engineer
- Macirone | George | 1788-1858 | banker and exporter
- Macirone | Mary Ann | 1791-1869 | nee Perriman
- Macirone | Mary Thompson Emily | 1827-1888 | artist
- Macirone| Clara Angela | 1821-1914 | composer
- Catalogue of the archive of the Macirone Family
- Finding aid prepared by Ashleigh Fowler
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