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Archive of Sir James Bland Burges, mainly 1772-1824, with papers of the Burges and Head families


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The archive mostly comprises correspondence of the Burges and Head families.


  • Creation: 18th-20th cent.


12.1 Linear metres (110 shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. Dep. Bland Burges 1, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

Dep. Bland Burges 1-110

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12123


Papers of Sir James Bland Burges (1752-1824), author, barrister, Member of Parliament and Under-Secretary at the Foreign Office, with papers of the Burges and Head families, 18th-20th cent.

Biographical / Historical

Sir James Bland Burges, as author, barrister, member of parliament and Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign Office corresponded with many men of note in literary and political circles. His family connections were wide. His mother was the daughter of James, 12th Lord Somerville. Through his first wife, Elizabeth Noel, daughter of Edward, 1st Viscount Wentworth, he was related to the Noel family. His second wife, Anne, was daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Montolieu, Baron de St. Hippolyte. His third marriage, to Lady Margaret Fordyce daughter of James, 5th Earl of Balcarres, connected him to the Lindsay family. Sir James's sister Frances married James Roper Head. Correspondence of Sir James with many members of these five families is described in section A.

In 1821 Burges acquired the estate of his friend John Lamb, and assumed the name of Sir James Lamb. A pedigree of the Burges family is in Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage (1925 edition, under Lamb).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

These papers were deposited in the Bodleian Library, Oxford in 1958. Much help has been received in the preparation of this catalogue from Dr. Trevor Hope.

Catalogue of the archive of Sir James Bland Burges, mainly 1772-1824, with papers of the Burges and Head families, 18th-20th cent.
Finding aid prepared by M. Clapinson
Language of description
Script of description
Conversion to EAD supported by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom