Catalogue description MARTEN PAPERS

This record is held by Cambridge University Library: Department of Manuscripts and University Archives

Details of ADD.MS7744; ADD.MS7897-7899
Reference: ADD.MS7744; ADD.MS7897-7899





A) George Marten to John Fox


B) Letters from Alfred Marten


C) Letters to Alfred Marten


D) Amberson Marten to Alfred Marten 6


E) Amberson Marten to Patricia Marten 11


F) Amberson Marten to Isabel Marten 12


G) Miscellaneous letters from Amberson Marten 14


H) Alfred Marten to Amberson Marten 14


I) Patricia Marten to Amberson Marten 16


J) Earl Percy to Amberson Marten 16


K) Fanny Marten to Amberson Marten 16


L) Miscellaneous letters to Amberson Marten 18


M) Miscellaneous letters 19




BOX 2 20


N) Marten family tree 20


O) Robert Marten 20


P) Alfred Marten 20


Q) Kennett-Barrington family 22


R) Amberson and Henry Marten: school reports 22


S) Amberson Marten: papers relating to Eton College 23


T) Amberson Marten: papers relating to Cambridge University 24


U) Amberson Marten: personal and miscellaneous papers 25


BOX 3 25


V) Amberson Marten: papers relating to legal career 25


W) Henry Marten: notebook 25


X) Photographs 26


Y) Ida Marten 26


Z) Miscellaneous items 27






A) Letters to Isabel Marten 28


B) Henry Marten to Alfred Marten 28


C) Letters to Henry Marten


D) Printed material


E) Press cuttings


F) School reports on Henry Marten


G Photographs


H) Miscellaneous








Folder of photographs


Cambridge University Library Add.MS7744 and Add.MS7897-7899 comprise the papers of the Marten family, dating from between 1808 and 1964.


The family members best represented in Add.MS7744 are Sir Alfred George Marten (1829-1910), QC, judge, Conservative MP for Cambridge and Fellow of St John's College, and his son Sir (Alfred) Amberson Barrington Marten (1870-1962), later Chief Justice of Bombay but at the time of writing a schoolboy, undergraduate or young barrister. Also featured are Alfred George's father Robert Giles Marten (1792-1839) and uncle George Marten (1801-1872), Amberson's brother Sir (Clarence) Henry (Kennett) Marten (see below), and the South African missionary Ida Marten (fl. 1962-64). The papers include some early sporting photographs from the 1880s and, as with Add.MS7897-7899, much ephemera of public school and university life from the late nineteenth century.


Add.MS.7897-7899 are the papers of Sir (Clarence) Henry (Kennett) Marten (1872-1948), provost of Eton and historical tutor to Queen Elizabeth II. They include a large number of high quality photographs taken at Eton between 1879 and 1947, including many of royal visits, and also school reports on Marten written by the young A.C. Benson. Add.MS.7897 has been divided into correspondence and other papers.

Date: 1808-1964

As much of Add.MS.7744 was found in bundles, it has been decided to retain these divisions in this catalogue. The papers have been divided into one box of correspondence and two of other papers, the bundles within each box being placed in chronological order of the family members represented.


Throughout, the abbreviations AGM, AABM and CHKM refer to Alfred George Marten, (Alfred) Amberson Barrington Marten and Clarence Henry Kennett Marten respectively. All other persons have been described by full name and dates on their first appearance. In the case of members of the family, their relationship to the main person in the bundle is also given. Further information can be found in the family tree, Add.MS.7744/N1.

Held by: Cambridge University Library: Department of Manuscripts and University Archives, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Marten family of Cambridge

Physical description: 36 series
Immediate source of acquisition:

Add.MS.7744 was presented to the University Library on 20 Feb. 1968 by the trustees of the late Miss Isabel Caroline Patricia Marten (1872-1967), Henry Marten's twin sister.


Add.MS.7897-7899 were presented by the trustees of Isabel Marten (per the keeper of the College Library, Eton College) on 23 Oct. 1970.

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