Sotheby Family Papers
This collection consists of family papers, correspondence, bound books, and various other material of the Sotheby family of Pocklington, Yorkshire, England
- 1650 - 1900
Language of Materials
English, French, Latin, Italian, Greek
Conditions Governing Access
No access restrictions.
Conditions Governing Use
Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.
History of The Sotheby Family
The Sotheby family of Pocklington, Yorkshire was prolific. One branch of the family was represented by Thomas, who was admitted to St John's (Cambridge) and Gray's Inn; was rector of Combs (Suffolk), 1616-1647. His second son James [I] of Hackney bought the manor of Sewardstone, Essex, in 1673. His son James [Iii] was admitted to St Catherine's and Gray's Inn in 1700. James III died unmarried. James II's fourth son, Col. William of the Coldstream Guards, inherited Sewardstone. He married the sister of Sir Hans Sloane, and was a founding Trustee of the British Museum. Col. William's eldest son William [the Poet] was a literary figure of some note. He married Mary, the daughter of Ambrose Isted of Ecton Hall, Northamptonshire. William the Poet's second son and heir Adm. Charles took part in the Napoleonic Wars. Adm. Charles' eldest son, Charles William Hamilton, inherited Ecton Hall from the Isteds in 1881, became High Sheriff of Northamptonshire, and sold Sewardstone in 1884. His half brother, Maj. Gen. Frederick Edward inherited Ecton in 1887. In 1909 Ecton Hall passed to a descendant of William the Poet's brother, Adm. Thomas.
3.75 Linear Feet (9 boxes + 2 oversize boxes, 25 volumes)
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of various material from the Sotheby Family from 1650-1900. The majority of the collection consists of correspondence between family members and friends. The material includes 18 bound books which appear to have been collected by the family. Some contain poetry, notes, essays and financial records. The rest of the material in the collection includes calculations, notes, receipts, and newspapers and clippings from newspapers.
- Guide to the Sotheby Family Collection
- Sotheby Family Papers
- Finding aid prepared by eear, 2015
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Finding aid written in English.
- Finding aid permalink
- Preferred citation
Sotheby Family Collection, MS 4, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries.