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Papers relating to the Cockerell (later Rushout) and Grieve families


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The papers are arranged in three series. First, those relating to the Cockerell family, including letters to Sir Charles Cockerell from his brother Colonel John Cockerell, 1779-98, correspondence concerning the financial affairs of the Marquis of Wellesley, 1817-35, and correspondence and papers of Sir Charles's wife Harriet, 1810-50, and other members of the family.

The second series comprises correspondence and papers of John Wallis Grieve and his wife Elizabeth, 1808-71. Grieve was educated at Eton and Cambridge, and in 1813 bought a cornetcy in the Second Life Guards. His correspondents are mainly Old Etonians, and friends from the army who were serving in the Peninsular War and with Wellington immediately before the battle of Waterloo, as well as his brother-in-law, Sir Charles Cockerell. In 1821 Grieve, who had been in financial difficulties for some time, and was living in France to avoid imprisonment for debt, was superseded from the army for failing to return from leave. His efforts to return to the army became an obsession, and the correspondence includes draft letters to Lord Cathcart, Colonel-in-Chief of the Guards, and memorials to George IV.

The third series comprises correspondence of Charles Rivington, 1833-80, solicitor to both families.


  • Creation: 18th-19th cent.


4.84 Linear metres (44 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark, e.g. Dep. c. 855].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

Dep. b. 254-255, c. 855-881, d. 841-846, e. 394-402

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12860


Correspondence and papers relating to the Cockerell (later Rushout) and Grieve families, 18th-19th cent.

Biographical / Historical

The Cockerell and Grieve families were united through marriage; Harriet and Elizabeth Rushout were daughters of John Rushout, 1st Earl Northwick. Harriet married Sir Charles Cockerell of Sezincot, brother of Samuel Pepys Cockerell (1754-1827) in 1808, and Elizabeth Bowles married secondly John Wallis Grieve (known as Wallis) in 1819. See W. H. Bowles Records of the Bowles Family (London, 1918), relating to the Bowles, Grieve, and Rushout families (Bodleian copy: 2182 B. d. 52, pp. 91-116).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposited, 1980.

Papers relating to the Cockerell (later Rushout) and Grieve families, 18th-19th cent.
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Conversion to EAD supported by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

Repository Details

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Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom