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Sir Francis Beaufort papers addenda
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administration Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Arrangement
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Sir Francis Beaufort papers addenda
    Dates: 1797-1858
    Collection Number: mssFBA 1-28
    Creator OR Collector: Beaufort, Francis, Sir, 1774-1857
    Extent: 37 items in one box
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: Correspondence, documents, photographs, poems and wills relating to Sir Francis Beaufort, Maria Edgeworth and the Beaufort and Edgeworth families.
    Language of Material: The records are in English.

    Administration Information


    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Sir Francis Beaufort papers addenda, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Purchased from Francis Beaufort-Palmer, June 4, 1971.

    Biographical Note

    Admiral Sir Francis Beaufort: hydrographer of the British Navy and member of the Royal Society, creator of the wind force scale and weather notation coding, and author of Karamania, or, A brief description of the south coast of Asia-Minor and of the remains of antiquity (1817). Beaufort married twice; his first wife was Alicia Magdalena Wilson (d. 1834) and, in 1839, he married Honora Edgeworth, the daughter of his long-time friend Richard Lovell Edgeworth and sister of the novelist Maria Edgeworth.


    The collection is arranged chronologically.

    Scope and Content

    One box of correspondence, documents, photographs, poems and wills; arranged chronologically (1797-1858), FBA 1-28. Notable correspondents include: Daniel Augustus Beaufort (son of Sir Francis), Harriet Henrietta Beaufort, Lady Honora Beaufort, Charles Sneyd Edgeworth, Frances Anne Edgeworth, Maria Edgeworth, Archer Thomas Upton, and Lestock P. Wilson.
    Also included are poems by Maria Edgeworth, one of which is written to Sir Philip Crampton, Surgeon General of the Forces of Ireland. The photographs are mainly of Edgeworthstown House, the Edgeworth family home in Co. Longford, Ireland.
    The wills and legal documents include the will of Daniel Augustus Beaufort (father of Sir Francis), an autograph 1843 codicil by Sir Francis and copies of various other wills. Apparently, there was a dispute between the Beaufort and Edgeworth families concerning the wills and codicils of Sir Francis, who died in 1857, and his second wife, Lady Honora, who died in 1858. Some of the correspondence and the legal memorandum, notes and opinions relate to this dispute and involve family members and lawyers.

    Indexing Terms

    Personal Names

    Beaufort, Daniel Augustus, 1739-1821
    Beaufort, Daniel Augustus, 1814-1898
    Beaufort, Francis, Sir, 1774-1857
    Beaufort, Harriet Henrietta, 1778-1865
    Beaufort, Honora, Lady, 1791-1858
    Beaufort, Rosa Elizabeth>
    Crampton, Philip, Sir, 1777-1858>
    Edgeworth, Charles Sneyd, 1786-1864
    Edgeworth family
    Edgeworth, Frances Anne, 1769-1865
    Edgeworth, Maria, 1768-1849
    Edgeworth, Richard Lovell, 1744-1817
    Louisa Anne, Marchioness of Waterford, 1818-1891
    Upton, Archer Thomas, -1875
    Wilson, Frances Maria, 1799-1848
    Wilson, Lestock P.


    Distribution of decedents’ estates –- Great Britain -– 19th century
    Families –- Great Britain -– History -– 19th century
    Probate law and practice -– Great Britain –- History -– 19th century
    Wills – Great Britain –- History -– 19th century

    Geographic Areas

    Great Britain -– social life and customs -– 19th century


    Documents -– Great Britain -– 19th century
    Letters (correspondence) -– Great Britain –- 19th century
    Photographs –- Great Britain –- 19th century
    Poems –- Great Britain –- 19th century
    Wills –- Great Britain -– 19th century