THE ADAMS FAMILY OF LITCOTT, LANEAST, AND BADHARLICK, EGLOSKERRY

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Details of THE ADAMS FAMILY OF LITCOTT, LANEAST, AND BADHARLICK, EGLOSKERRY
Title: THE ADAMS FAMILY OF LITCOTT, LANEAST, AND BADHARLICK, EGLOSKERRY
Reference: AM
Description:

Family and estate papers including correspondence and papers of John Couch Adams, astronomer, and William Grylls Adams, mathematician.

 

DEEDS, LEASES AND ESTATE PAPERS

 

Altarnun (Trerithick, Trewint, Spettigue), 1869-1900

 

Altarnun (Trerithick) and Lewannick (Hall Parks), c. 1880

 

Botus Fleming, St. Ive, Landrake, Saltash, 1660

 

Callington (shop in borough), 1752

 

Davidstow (Tremeale), 1612, 1660

 

Egloskerry (Badharlick), 1886-1902

 

(Little Skenish tithes), 1667, 1796

 

(Tregear), 1750-1807

 

(Estate papers), 1611-1908

 

Egloskerry (Badharlick) and Laneast (Bodgall), 1609, 1615

 

Egloskerry (Badharlick) and Tremayne (tithes), 1629

 

Gwennap (Cusgarne), 1906, 1910

 

St. Ive (Middle Hill), 1659, 1667

 

St. Juliot (Beeny), 1877-1900

 

Landrake (Brightor), 1645-1705

 

Laneast (Treroose) and St. Clether (Parklands and Underlanes), 1891-1921

 

Laneast (Bodgalla), 1634

 

(Trespearne), 1741

 

Lewannick (Trevell), 1775

 

Lewannick (Lamalla, Trevadlock) and Altarnun (Newton), 1834-1857

 

St. Stephen-by-Saltash (Home Park), 1908

 

Composite: Egloskerry (Badharlick) 1900-1913

 

St. Juliot (Beeny) 1900-1913

 

Laneast (Treroose) 1900-1913

 

Saltash 1900-1913

 

Out-county: Adams:

 

Dorset (Broadstone), 1906-1908

 

London (Notting Hill Square), 1877-1882

 

Cozens:

 

London (Whitefriars), 1670-1778

 

Berkshire (Charlton), 1605

 

Buckinghamshire (Calshopp), 1676/7

 

Lincolnshire (Somercotes), 1631

 

Plans (various), 1789-1882

 

PROBATE AND TESTAMENTARY

 

William Adams, 1825

 

Tabitha Adams, 1866

 

Grace Couch Adams, 1891

 

John Couch Adams, 1889-1896

 

Eliza Adams, 1873-74

 

George Adams, 1908-1917

 

William Grylls Adams, 1910

 

Henry Prynn Andrew, 1913

 

John Baron, 1624

 

John Couch, 1805

 

Grace Couch, 1815

 

John Couch, 1815

 

Grace Couch, 1820

 

Mathew Cozen, 1653

 

David Cozen, 1673

 

Gideon Cozens, 1678

 

Jonathan Cozens, 1691

 

Margaret Cozens, 1717-1719

 

Elizabeth Cruse, 1656

 

Richard Hawke Dingle, 1887-88

 

Fanny Vickers Dingle, 1922

 

Thomas Dodson, 1669-1671

 

John Nicolls, 1884-1896

 

Eliza Nicolls, 1893

 

Charles Tilt, 1902-03

 

Nathaniel Trewbody, 1735

 

Margaret Trewbody, 1763

 

Joan Wyvell, 1658

 

PAPERS OF JOHN COUCH ADAMS

 

Correspondence:

 

To his family from school, 1831-38

 

To his family from Cambridge, 1839-1810

 

To J. C. A. from mother, 1832-1865

 

To J. C. A. from his brothers, 1836-1875

 

To J. C. A., various correspondents, c. 1835-1887

 

And undated

 

Scientific papers:

 

Manuscript notes

 

Published articles, 1846-1903

 

Graphs and plans, 1825-1889

 

Miscellaneous

 

Personal papers:

 

Relating to career, 1828-1884

 

Obituary notices, etc., 1892-1932

 

Miscellaneous

 

PAPERS OF WILLIAM GRYLLS ADAMS & FAMILY

 

Correspondence:

 

Letters to Wm. Grylls Adams, 1860-1915

 

From Wm. G. A. to Mary Dingle, 1852, 1865-69

 

From Mary D. to W. G. A. 1865-1969

 

From W. G. A. to Mary after mge, 1889-1897

 

To Mary from parents, cousins and friends, 1855-1894

 

To W. G. A. and May from Adams family 1881-1906

 

To Mary, various, 1360-1906

 

To Mary fr. dau. May 1891-1914

 

To W. G. A. jun. 1915, n.d.

 

To Jn. Dingle A., 1902

 

To May, 1890-1943

 

Scientific papers

 

Lecture notes, proofs of articles, letters, graphs

 

Personal:

 

Personal papers 1836-1869

 

Diaries and notebooks 1855-1867

 

Gen. papers, 1866-1915

 

Miscellaneous

 

Papers re his children 1884-1936

 

Misc. printed papers and circulars

 

Papers re other members of Adams family

 

PHOTOGRAPHS, POSTCARDS & PRINTS

 

Family photographs (identified)

 

Family photographs (not identified)

 

Scientific photographs

 

Postcard views: Great Britain

 

Postcard views: overseas

 

Miscellaneous photographs, prints, negatives etc.

Date: 1600 - 1945
Held by: Cornwall Record Office, not available at The National Archives
Language: English
Extent: 1288 Files
Custodial history:

Adams's papers were collected up immediately after his death by Donald MacAlister, with the help of Mrs Adams, for the purpose of writing his biography. MacAlister had transcripts made of papers in the files at the Royal Greenwich Observatory and elsewhere, and collected material from Adams's friends and colleagues. In time other commitments, including moving to Scotland, caused MacAlister to abandon the idea of the biography.

 

What happened to the papers then is not entirely clear. A mass of papers was given to St. John's by Mrs Adams shortly before her death and some rudimentary weeding and sorting was carried out on these. It seems likely that these papers were those that MacAlister had not used, including Mrs Adams's own diaries, and unimportant correspondence of Adams's.

 

In the 1930s MacAlister's collection of papers were passed on to William Smart, who had taken up the idea of writing Adams's biography. Smart produced a Memoir for the Royal Astronomical Society for the anniversary of the discovery of Neptune in 1946, but never proceeded further. In 1959 he presented all the papers he had to St. John's (correspondence in Box 1).

 

Subsequently all or most of these papers were unpacked and put into 19 boxes, letters being taken out of their envelopes and clipped to them with a plastic paper clip. No sorting or cataloguing beyond a single card for the collection was carried out. However, the remaining 10 boxes of the papers, probably those that came from Mrs Adams, were sorted and indexed, in some detail although very inaccurately and incompletely. The two sets of boxes were numbered in two different sequences: "Adams" and "Adams Papers". The detailed cataloguing of one part disguised from readers and staff alike the fact that the remainder were untouched.

 

In 1990 MacAlister's neice, Mrs Horne, presented to the College some more papers which had stayed with the family by accident. These now form boxes 24 - 26.

 

In 1996 the Royal Aeronautical Sociey offered the College the papers connected with the Newton Mss. Syndicate, which they had had since 1943, though they have no record of why, or where they came from.

 

In the course of preparing material for the 150th Anniversary of the discovery of Neptune it was discovered that the majority of the papers were not sorted and were uncatalogued. In early 1997 work began, using the present database software, and was completed in February 1999.

Publication Notes:
  • "Cornish Life" November 1979 p. 30: article on John Couch Adams by John Neale.

Creator Names:
  • Adams family of Laneast, Cornwall
Immediate Source Of Acquisition:
  • Accession no. 2370

     

    Adams family papers deposited by Dr. Q. M. F. Adams, M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., 9 March, 1978.

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