GB 0210 BUNTON
Bunsen and Waddington Letters
- 1786-1863 (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
0.58 cubic metres (2 boxes) (c.1200 items)Portions of some of the letters written to Georgina Mary Ann Waddington from her daughter Frances have been cut off or whole sentences deleted. See Archival history field.
Name of creator
Benjamin Waddington (1749-1828), bought Llanover from the Cecil family of The Dyffryn, Glamorganshire, in about 1792. He married Georgina Mary Anne Port (1771-1850) of Ilam, Derbyshire, and they had six daughters. With the agreement of the other daughters, the Llanover estate was settled on the youngest daughter, Augusta (1802-1896). In 1823 she married Benjamin Hall (1802-1867) of Abercarn, and the neighbouring estates of Llanover and Abercarn were united. Benjamin Hall was created Baron Llanover in 1859, and Augusta is best remembered as Lady Llanover and as 'Gwenynen Gwent'. Benjamin and Georgina's eldest daughter Frances married Christian Charles Bunsen. Charles de Bunsen, grandson of Benjamin and Georgina Waddington, married Mary Isabell Waddington, his second cousin, thus uniting the two branches of the Waddington family.
Portions of some of the letters written to Georgina Mary Ann Waddington from her daughter Frances have been cut off or whole sentences containing details of her health during successive pregnancies and unpleasant comments on individuals have been crossed out. This is possibly the work of Augustus J. C. Hare who published some of the letters in 1879. The letters were rebound at NLW in 1974.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Purchased by NLW in November 1973 from Richard Hatchwell
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Papers of the Waddington, Bunsen and Chisholm families, consisting mainly of letters to Mrs Georgina Waddington of Llanover from her eldest surviving daughter, Frances, and her husband Christopher Charles Bunsen, 1817-1825, mainly written from Rome where Bunsen was Charge d'Affairs; letters to Thomas Waddington mainly from his his wife Janet Waddington (nee Chisholm), 1825-1866; letters to Janet Waddington, [c.1825]-1845, from members of the family; letters to Catherine Chisholm, 1826-1843, mainly from Janette Waddington; letters to Mrs Eliza Chisholm, 1825-1845; and letters to Frances Chisholm, 1822-1841.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
Action: All records purchased by NLW have been retained.
Accruals are not expected
System of arrangement
Arranged in chronological order by recipient of letters
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.
Conditions governing reproduction
Usual copyright laws apply
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Physical characteristics and technical requirements
A hard copy of vol. 1 of the catalogue, describing the letters to Georgina Waddington and to Thomas Waddington, is available at NLW: the remainder of the papers remain uncatalogued.
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Hare, A. J. C., Life and letters of Baroness Bunsen (1879)
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Name access points
- Waddington family, of Llanover Court (Creator)
- Waddington, Georgina, 1771-1850 -- Correspondence (Subject)
- Chisholm, Frances -- Correspondence. (Subject)
- Boissard, Catherine -- Correspondence. (Subject)
- Waddington, Thomas, 1792-1869 -- Correspondence (Subject)
- Chisholm, Eliza (Subject)
- Boissard, Catherine (Subject)
- Waddington, Georgina, 1771-1850 (Subject)
- Chisholm, Frances (Subject)
- Waddington, Thomas, 1792-1869 (Subject)
- Bunsen, Frances (Subject)
- Waddington, Janet (Subject)
- Bunsen, Christian Charles (Subject)
- Waddington family, of Llanover Court -- Correspondence. (Subject)
- Bunsen family -- Correspondence. (Subject)
- Bunsen family (Subject)
- Chisholm family (Subject)
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Rules and/or conventions used
This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2; and LCSH.
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Dates of creation revision deletion
Compiled by Stephen Benham.
The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Bradney, Joseph, History of Monmouthshire (London, 1991, facsimile ed.), vol. 1, part 2B.