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Archive of Robert Hudson and William Cotton


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The Hudson papers mainly comprise travel journals written by Robert Hudson, 1818-1834, in England, Scotland, Wales, France, Germany and Switzerland. The Cotton papers comprise an autobiography and miscellaneous papers.


  • Creation: 1818-1860


2.1 Linear metres (14 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. e. 3438, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. c. 7065, fols. 80-107, c. 7099, d. 3551, d. 3605, e. 3438-3448

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13209


Travel journals and related papers of Robert Hudson, 1818-1841, and autobiography of William Cotton, 1860.

Biographical / Historical

Robert Hudson was born in 1801 in Camberwell, son of Robert Hudson of the East India Company and Demetria, sister of William Cotton. He matriculated at New College, Oxford in 1823 - see J. Foster, Alumni Oxonienses, 1715-1886 (London, 1887).

William Cotton, later of Ivybridge, Devon, was born in 1794, son of William of St. Laurence Pountney, London. He matriculated at Exeter College, Oxford in 1811, becoming B.A. in 1814 and M.A. in 1818 - see Foster, Alumni Oxonienses, 1715-1886. For further information see Gerald Hamilton-Edwards, An exhibition of Old Master and English drawings and European bronzes (Sotheby's, 1979), and the Plymouth City Museums and Art Gallery web site relating to the Cottonian Collection.


The papers of Robert Hudson are listed first, followed by the papers of William Cotton. Both series are arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bequeathed by Gerald Hamilton-Edwards, 1987.

Catalogue of the archive of Robert Hudson and William Cotton, 1818-1860
Finding aid prepared by Emma Davies
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom