Very interesting late 18th and 19thC archive of correspondence and naval papers mainly relating to Admiral Peter Rye's career. Also Lt. Edward Rye's ship's journals to India, 1771-1774 and log to West Indies, 1778. Ship's journals of Peter Rye in the Atlantic, to Australia and at Gothenburg (Sweden) 1790-1814. Correspondence and papers on organising North Sea conveys 1813. Family letters and letters to his wife. Jane Rye's travel journal 1820, France, Switzerland and Italy. Poetry and sketches including view of Dartmouth (Devon) c.1800 and Waterloo. Papers on sale of Culworth estate 1851-1852. Papers on Hugh Lord's finances 1811-1830.
(Culworth estate accounts 1774-1783 are in the Aplin solicitors' collection.)
The collection was deposited by the Elwes family whose own archive is described under Elwes of Great Billing.
Lord, Hugh, d 1829, Major
Elwes family of Great Billing, Northamptonshire
Administrative / biographical background:
Peter Rye (d.1851), a younger son of Dr. William Beauchamp Rye, pursued his career and fortune in the navy and eventually rose to be an Admiral. An older brother inherited the family estate at Culworth but died without children so Admiral Rye eventually succeeded to it. He married Eleanor Lord and two of their daughters married into the Elwes family.