I received three reels of microfilm containing letters (many signed) and documents pertaining to the Stuart Papers collected by Denys Eyre Bower. In time, I will scan these to PDF and, given permission, publish some of the more interesting ones. Following, is a list of what is on the reels:
Contents – Reel 1
- Correspondence signed by members of the House of Stuart – letters Microfilmed in chronological sequence.
(Approximate number of letters)
Mary, Queen of Scots 1
James I 8
Charles I 20
Charles II 26
James II 15
William III 8
James III 8
Charles III 11
Victor I (Including Newspaper cuttings,
twentieth century telegrams, etc.)
- Privy Council Documents.
Charles II 18
James II 3
William & Mary 2
William III 5
- Documents and letters signed by and dealing with the adherents of the Royal House of Stuart.
- Papers relating to James III
Charles II (as Prince of Wales)
Henry IX (Cardinal York)
Together with accounts and lists of jewels and banking accounts
- Catalogue of Bagot Civil War Documents, items 1 to 89.
Contents – Reel 2
- Continuation of the catalogue of Bagot Civil War Documents, items No. 90 to 123.
- State Papers:
James I 2
Charles I 6
Charles II 80
James II 7
William III 21
James III 13
Contents – Reel 3
Continuation of State Papers from Reel 2.
Henry, Cardinal of York 30
(Supplementary to the above
Charles I 3
Charles II 7
4 and 5
Letters of the Sobieski Stuarts, together with bound manuscripts in the sequence in which they appear on the film.
- Bound volume containing original autograph letters of the Duke of Monmouth, including drawings and cuttings from the London Gazette.
- Bound volume containing copy of the Levant Company Charter confirmed by Charles II.
- Bound volume containing the Earl of Halifax’s character of Charles II.
- Bound volume containing notes on Clarendon’s History of the Rebellion.
- Bound volume containing the account of the Battle of Cape Le Hague by Tobias Smollett.
- Bound volume containing autographs connected with the rising in Scotland (1745).
- Bound volume containing autographs following the 1745
- Bound volume containing the decrees and judgement in favour of Patrick Grant.
- Accounts and Reports, etc.
- Bound volume containing letters and cuttings relative to Crown Prince Rupert of Bavaria, and the Sobieski Stuarts.
- Copies of the Whitehall Review.
- General Forster’s farewell.
- Various letters, including letters to Edward Walford and letters of Georgina Stuart d’Albany.
- Eight letters and documents in the period of Charles II including letters signed by the Earl of Danby.
- Various letters, including letters to Sir John Coxe Hippisley. C.1800.
(Hippisley was responsible for initiating the negotiations with the Duchess of Albany’s Executors in Rome for the purchase of the Main Collection of Stuart Papers, on behalf of the Prince of Wales.
These papers are now in the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle, and are available complete on Microfilm, from Micro Methods Ltd.)
These papers have been microfilmed by courtesy of Mr. Denys Eyre Bower, from his private collection at Chiddingstone Castle, Kent, written authority must be obtained from Mr. Bower to quote from, reproduce, or publish any material on the film.
Mr. Denys Eyre Bower started the collection in the 1920’s. It is now the largest collection of its kind in private hands and forms a valuable supplement, though strictly modest compared with that fantastic collection, to the Windsor Stuart Papers. Indeed many documents in Mr. Bower’s collection originally formed part of the Windsor Stuart archives which were separated from the main collection by various circumstances. The letters of the Chevalier Watson in the early 19th century describe in some detail the purchase of the Windsor papers for the de facto occupant of the Crown. The collection consists of many hundreds of documents and letters signed by the Stuart Kings and Queens from Mary Queen of Scots to the later exiled monarchy and their hereditary heirs to modern times, together with their adherents and a few of their opponents where history demands.
An interesting section includes the spurious Sobieski Stuarts of the 19th century whose claims were accepted by many people of note in Scotland and elsewhere.
1969 – 70