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Diary of Thomas Trollope (1830-1905), surgeon

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MS. 12722

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The diary covers the early stage of Trollope's career. He is working in St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, in the first part of the diary. He takes a trip to Margate (by steamer from London) 1-4 Aug 1856 (fol. 37v-40). He travels by train to look at possible placements in Kidderminster and York (fols. 95-96), travelling back to London with a 'Mr Measom engaged in writing Illustrated Guide Books for this line' [George Measom, The Official Illustrated Guide to the Great Northern Railway, (London, 1857)]. He visits his fiancée, Sarah Huffam, and her family in Brighton (fols. 98v-102v). In London there are brief accounts of hospital duties, mainly concerned with women and children, medical visits, and frequent meetings with his fiancée. On 7 March 1857 he goes into partnership with Jackson and Jeaffreson who have a surgery in Sebbon's Buildings (fol. 125), lodging with Mr Jackson at 9 Highbury Grove Villas (fol. 126v). He reads mainly newspapers and Medical Times, but mentions reading Little Dorrit (fol. 38v), and Household Words (fol. 102v).


  • 24 May 1856 - 10 Jun 1857


1 volume

Language of Materials

  • English

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Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. 12722, fols. 1-2].
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MS. 12722

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12722


Diary of Thomas Trollope, surgeon, 1856-1857

Biographical / Historical

Dr Thomas Trollope (1830-1905) was the son of Thomas Trollope, surgeon, of Wethersfield Hall, Braintree, Essex, by his 2nd wife, Anne, daughter of John Sewell and Mary Canning. He was born at Halstead, Essex. Merchant Taylors' School; Pembroke College, Cambridge, 1849; B.A. 1853; (Nat. Sci. Trip., 1st Class, 1854); M.B. 1854; Med. Lic. 1855; M.D. 1869; at Bartholomew's Hospital; M.R.C.S., 1856; L.S.A., 1857; M.R.C.P., 1869; practised at Islington (1860), and then at St Leonard's-on-Sea. Consulting Physician, Hastings Hospital. He married Esther Sarah Huffam (d 1880), daughter of Captain J.A. Huffam R.N., 13 Feb 1858.

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Custodial History

The diary was found in the cellar of a house in Rye, East Sussex, 1947, by the parents of Virginia Lindley.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given by Arthur and Virginia Lindley, Sep 2017
Catalogue of the diary of Thomas Trollope, surgeon, 1856-1857
Finding aid prepared by Mike Webb
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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom