Fonds GB 0210 MSVERNEY - Verney Manuscripts,

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Verney Manuscripts,


  • [18 cent.]-[19 cent.] (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

14 volumes.

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

Lieutenant-Colonel Harry Calvert Williams Verney succeeded to the baronetcy in 1910. In the same year he was elected Liberal MP for Buckinghamshire, a position he held until 1918. He served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries under H. H. Asquith. In 1911 he married Lady Rachel Catherine Bruce (b. 1890), daughter of Sir Victor Alexander Bruce, 13th Earl of Kincardine. Their son, Stephen Edward Verney, was bishop of Repton from 1977 to 1985.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Sir Harry Calvert Williams, 4th bt; Steeple Claydon; Donation; 1923.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

A collection comprising largely of eighteenth and nineteenth century volumes of music, including vocal music, piano and other instrumental arrangements, dance music, etc., some of which are of Italian and Spanish-American origin. Amongst the composers mentioned are Weber, Beethoven, Rossini, Mozart, Verdi and Mendelssohn. Also included is a nineteenth century volume comprising poetry, hymns and transcripts of correspondence.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 10918-10931.

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Language of material

  • Italian
  • English
  • Portuguese
  • German
  • French
  • Spanish

Script of material

Language and script notes

Musical notation, Italian, English, Portuguese, German, French, Spanish.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume III (Aberystwyth, 1961), pp. 270-272.

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Notes area


Title based on contents of fonds.


Formerly Verney MSS 1-14.

Alternative identifier(s)

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 2008 & June 2011.


  • English



The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume III (Aberystwyth, 1961);; wikipedia;;; wikipedia on-line;;;;; Oxford Dictionary of National Biography on-line;; www.├ę;;

Archivist's note

Description compiled by Bethan Ifan for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS, and revised by Bethan Ifan.

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Physical storage

  • Text: NLW MSS 10918-10931.