Catalogue description HAWTREY FAMILY PAPERS

This record is held by Buckinghamshire Archives

Details of D 65
Reference: D 65

Deeds, correspondence, family papers and printed items relating to the Hawtrey family papers


Of particular interest is a series of fifty-five letters from John Hawtrey written from his parish of Ringwood, Hants, to his brother Edward at Burnham between 1788 and the latter's death in 1802 containing besides references to College matters, news and comment on local and national affairs during an eventful period.


The nucleus of the collection, however, consists of correspondence diaries (1804-1809 only), and other personal papers of John Hawtrey.

Date: 1750-1961

1. Title deeds


2. Correspondence


3. Family papers


4. Printed items

Related material:

Ref: M(n) D 65/1/8


Hawtrey family pedigree, compiled c.1875, showing coats of arms, beginning 'The Genealogie and Pedigree of the ancient Familie of Hawtrey ...'


(1 negative microfilm)

Held by: Buckinghamshire Archives, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Hawtrey family of Buckinghamshire

Physical description: 11 series
Immediate source of acquisition:

A.R. 13/65

Custodial history:

The papers were bequeathed to the Society of Genealogists by Colonel Henry Courtenay Hawtrey (1882-c.1961) and include his genealogical notes as well as earlier genealogical material some of which was compiled by F.M. Hawtrey.

Publication note:

Many of the letters are printed in The History of the Hawtreys, by Florence M. Hawtrey (London, 1903, 2 vols.) together with much additional correspondence, in particular for John Hawtrey (1781-1853) and his son Stephen, the author's father and brother respectively, to whose biographies the greater part of the book is devoted. Except in the case of one or two of the more extensive groups of letters, no attempt has been made to identify individual items printed.

  • Hawtrey, John, 1781-1853, Methodist minister
Administrative / biographical background:

The descendants of Charles Hawtrey, Sub-Dean of Exeter (see pedigree) who are the subjects of this small and incomplete collection of family papers and correspondence, were a branch of the ancient family of Hawtrey (Alta Ripa) which had held the manor of Chequers in Ellesborough parish until the mid-sixteenth century. In more modern times the Hawtreys are notable chiefly for being one of a small group of families which, as a result of the intermarriage of Eton College Fellows in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, came to exercise a quasi-hereditary claim to benefit from the patronage of the College and its sister foundation Kings College, Cambridge. [See A History of Eton College by Sir H.A. Maxwell Lyte (London, 1911), p.305]. Among the persons represented in the collection are Edward Hawtrey (c.1740-1802), Fellow of Eton and vicar of Burnham - a college living and the gift of an earlier Hawtrey Fellow - his son Edward Craven Hawtrey (1808-1886) the reforming Head Master and later Provost, and Stephen Hawtrey (1808-1886) Mathematics Master. Two others, John Hawtrey (1736-1817) and S.H. Hawtrey (1780(?)-1858), were holders of Kings College livings.


John Hawtrey (1781 - 1853), son of Stephen Hawtrey, Recorder of Exeter, and nephew of the John and Edward last mentioned, whose career was in many ways unconventional even by other than family standards. Educated at Eton, he was successively soldier, and Methodist minister before taking orders in the Church of England in 1831. In later years, he was minister of St. James, Guernsey, 1834-1848, and rector of kingston Seymour, Somerset, neither of which was an Eton or Kings College living.

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