File NLW MS 16279D. - Scrapbook.

Identity area

Reference code

NLW MS 16279D.




  • [1831]-[c. 1867] (Creation)

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Extent and medium

iii, 161 ff. with insertions (foliated 1-158 with errors; many pages blank, including most versos and ff. 116 verso-161 verso) ; 310 x 255 mm.

Half-leather with gold tooling on covers and double gold fillets on spine; 'SCRAP BOOK' (gold on spine); marbled paper on covers.

Context area

Name of creator

Archival history

Arms of Robinson family of Silksworth Hall, County Durham (label inside front cover).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

A. R. Llewellin-Taylour; London; Donation; [1942x1943]

Content and structure area

Scope and content

A scrapbook containing autographs, franks and prints compiled, [1831]-[c. 1867], probably by Sarah Dorothy Grey of Norton, Stockton-on-Tees (later Sarah Dorothy Robinson of Silksworth Hall, County Durham, and Quedgeley, Gloucestershire).
Nearly all the autographs are in the form of 'free fronts', mostly dated 1806-1839, being franked address panels signed by Members of Parliament (or Lords) to allow them free postage (ff. 2-110 passim; a number of these are addressed to members of the Grey family of Norton). The prints include engravings depicting Royalty (ff. 1 verso, 4, 16, 34), topographical and architectural views (ff. 4 verso-111 passim) and female fashions of 1830 (ff. 10 recto-verso, 28 recto-verso). Also included are cuttings of a few ballads (ff. 12, 18, 22 verso, 72) and two 'skit notes' (f. 18). Items found loose inside the volume (19 ff.) have been placed in an archival envelope; these include eleven free fronts, 1828-1837, and three invitations (in French) to the Robinson family to attend events at the French Court in Paris, 1867.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


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Conditions governing access

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, some French.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Covers and spine scuffed; f. 5 loose.

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Existence and location of copies


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Title based on contents.


Preferred citation: NLW MS 16279D.

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Virtua system control number


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Description identifier

Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

Rules and/or conventions used

Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH.


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

November 2007 and August 2014.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description compiled by Bethan Ifan, and revised by Rhys Morgan Jones.

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