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Archive of Osborne Gordon and the Gordon family of Bridgnorth, Shropshire


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The collection contains Osborne Gordon's correspondence, financial records and diaries, as well as the probate records relating to his estate. The remaining papers are legal papers of his brother, William Pierson Gordon and his family, relating mainly to conveyances of property in Shropshire, marriage settlements and probate matters.


  • Creation: 1838-1921


2.0 Linear metres (20 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 7054, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. c. 7054-7063, e. 3403-3412

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 9904


Personal papers of Osborne Gordon, his brother, William Pierson Gordon, and his brother's family, 1838-1921.

Biographical / Historical

Osborne Gordon (1813-83) was born in Broseley, Shropshire. He was educated at Bridgnorth school and then at Christ Church, Oxford. He later served as a proctor, a censor at Christ Church and a University Examiner. In 1860 he was presented to the living of Easthampstead in Berkshire. During his incumbency, the parish schools were enlarged and the church was rebuilt. For further information see the Dictionary of National Biography.


The papers of Osborne Gordon have been described first. These are followed by the papers of William Pierson Gordon, Osborne's brother, and Anne his wife; the papers of Jane Pritchard, Osborne's sister, and her husband, John, and the papers of William Pritchard Gordon, the son of William Pierson Gordon.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought, Sotheby's, 13 Dec. 1993, lot 265, with the aid of Dr. John Mason, and given by the Friends of the Bodleian, 1994.

Catalogue of the archive of Osborne Gordon and the Gordon family of Bridgnorth, Shropshire, 1838-1921
Finding aid prepared by C. Parker
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom