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Correspondence of Richard Gough


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Six volumes of correspondence of Richard Gough, consisting of:

  1. Correspondence of Gough and Samuel Denne, 1783-99
  2. Correspondence of Gough, including letters from him to his mother, 1761-77; letters to and from William Bush, 1756-70; letters to and from John Howel, 1760-81; and letters to and from John James, 1779-1803
  3. Correspondence of Gough with Edward Haistwell, 1760-83
  4. Correspondence of Gough with the widow, daughter and son-in-law of John Hutchins, 1774-1806
  5. Correspondence of Gough with Owen Manning, 1767-96, and Thomas Pennant
  6. Correspondence of Gough with Michael Tyson, 1770-80


  • Creation: 1756-1806


0.66 Linear metres (6 boxess)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Gough gen. top. 39, fols. 1-2].

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MSS. Gough gen. top. 39-44

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12977

Biographical / Historical

Richard Gough (1735-1809), antiquary, was born in London, received a private education, and was admitted a fellow-commoner of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, in July 1752, but left in 1756 without taking a degree. From the age of eleven he was a prolific writer, but after his Cambridge days devoted himself almost exclusively to British topography and antiquities, making annual tours through different parts of Britian, often in company with John Nichols, his printer and publisher, and employing artists such as Jacob Schnebbelie and James Basire to illustrate his notes. In 1767 he became FSA and from 1771-97 was Director of the Society of Antiquaries. In 1774, on the death of his mother, extensive estates fell to him, which his father (who died in 1751) had bequeathed to him in reversion.

Gough's chief works were his British Topography (1768, and 2 vols. 1780, an account of the literature of the subject), the Sepulchral Monuments of Great Britain (1786-99), and a greatly augmented edition of Camden's Britannia (3 vols. 1789; 4 vols. 1806; a third edition was begun in 1806, but not finished and never published). His numerous minor publications on classical, antiquarian and topographical subjects evince immense industry and activity, while his independent means enabled him to devote himself to his chosen pursuits. In the course of his life he amassed a large library of books and engravings, chiefly topographical, which included many volumes from the libraries of Ducarel, Lort, Blomefield, Peter Le Neve, Hutchins, West and others.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was bought at Sotheby's in 1947.

Related Materials

See also Enfield Collections of Richard Gough (MSS. Gough Middlesex 8-12) and Gough Collection (MSS. Gough).

Correspondence of Richard Gough
Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2019 by Pauline Soum-Paris
EAD version 2019
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom