manuscript notebooks, letters, and documents from 18th-19th c., spanning several generations
of the Plumer family and their distant relations. Multiple items have been annotated in 1858
by a likely relative, Thomas C. Price, Vicar of St. Augustine, Bristol.
Thomas Plumer (1711-1781) of Lilling Hall in North Riding, Yorkshire, was a London wine
merchant and father to five children, including two sons, Hall (1751-1820) and Thomas
(1753-1824). The former was a civil servant and public works contractor who owned a 43-acre
estate called 'The Pantheon' in what is now Chennai, India. The estate, sold in 1793,
eventually became the Chennai Museum. Hall's brother, Thomas, was a judge, politican and
Master of the Rolls.