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Archive of the Madan Family


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Papers of the Madan family, consisting of:

  1. Correspondence between Judth and Martin Madan, 1723-1750
  2. Letters from Judith Madan to her daughter, Maria Cowper, 1745-1769
  3. Copies by Maria Cowper of letters and papers of Judith Madan, mainly concerning the terms of her will, 1776-81
  4. Letters from Maria Cowper to her mother, Judith Madan, and her sister, Penelope Maitland
  5. Volumes of letters, mainly to Penelope Maitland, 1780-1794, with miscellaneous family papers
  6. Diaries of Penelope Maitland, 1787-1797, 1800, with 'record' of events, 1787-1797, by Maria Cowper, begun in 1700
  7. Recipe book of Helen Maitland, compiled and given to her by her mother-in-law, Penelope Maitland, 1786
  8. Household account book, 1781-1783
  9. Poems of Judith Madan, some autograph and some copied by her daughter, Penelope Maitland, 1717-1719
  10. Miscellaneous verse by members of the Madan and Cowper families, 18th century
  11. Commonplace book begun by Judith Madan in 1769 and continued from 1782 by her daughter Penelope Maitland
  12. Volumes entitled 'Some observations on parts of the Holy Scriptures - principally intended for the use of the author', Maria Cowper, begun in 1780
  13. Volumes of notes by Penelope Maitland on sermons, with prayers and meditations
  14. Two similar volumes containing prayers and meditations
  15. Miscellaneous religious writings by members of the Madan and Cowper families, 1790-1805


  • Creation: 1717-1837


1.14 Linear metres (18 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Eng. misc. c. 502, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. misc. c. 502, d. 636-638, d. 679-681, e. 588, e. 642-647; Eng. lett. c. 284-285, d. 286-289; Eng. poet. c. 62, d. 196

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 17391, 10988, 10989


Archive of the Madan Family

Biographical / Historical

The members of the Madan family represented in this collection are Judith Madan, née Cowper,(1702-1781), poet, and Martin Madan (1700-1756), Lieutenant-Colonel and MP. Also included are Judith's daughters Maria Frances Cecilia Cowper (1726-1797), poet, and Penelope Maitland (1730-1805), and Penelope's daughter-in-law, Helen Maitland.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were given to the Library in 1967.

Catalogue of the archive of the Madan Family
Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2019 by Alice Whichelow
EAD version 2019
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom