Denbighshire Record Office

Brinkley MSS

Reference code(s): GB 0209 DD/PR

Held at: Denbighshire Record Office

Title: Brinkley MSS

Short title: Brinkley manuscripts

Dates of creation: 1734, 1787-1970

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 0.162 cubic metres (6 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Brinkley and Graham families


Administrative and biographical history: John Brinkley (1766-1835), before his elevation to the see of Cloyne, Ireland, in 1826, had been in charge of the Dublin Observatory and was from 1788 a Senior Wrangler, and from 1792, Astronomer Royal. In 1822 he was also President of the Royal Irish Academy. John's eldest son, the Rev. John Brinkley (1793-1847), was rector of Glanworth in his father's diocese. He married Anna Stephens, daughter of an Irish clergyman. Their eldest son, John (d. 1851), died whilst serving in the army in India. His younger brother, Walter Stephens Brinkley (1826-1884), inherited the Brinkley estates. Walter's eldest son, John Turner Brinkley was Chief Constable of Warwickshire, and another of his sons, Charles Michael Brinkley (1861-1903), served as Chief Constable of Lincolnshire. On Charles's death in 1903 the family moved to St Asaph. Charles's daughter, Violet Kathleen (b. 1895), Lady Graham, remained in the Vale of Clwyd after her marriage to Crosland Graham in 1929. Their elder daughter, Miss Marigold Graham, was appointed sheriff of Clwyd in 1981. Their second daughter, Miss Helen Graham, married Dr James Earl, MD FRCPath.


Scope and content: Correspondence, 1734, 1787-1937; and personal papers, 1811-1970, including the correspondence of John Brinkley, Bishop of Cloyne, his wife, Esther, and their friend, Maria Edgeworth, the Irish novelist; letters from John Brinkley (d. 1851) written during his posting with the army in India; letters from Susannah Kathleen Brinkley (d. 1896), including letters to her mother, Susanna Caroline, wife of Walter Stephens Brinkley (1826-1884), while on a visit to South Africa; and letters from Charles Michael Edgeworth Brinkley mainly to his wife, Evelyn Everard Hutton and his mother, Susanna Caroline.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged chronologically into the following sections: Brinkley family papers; correspondence; and personal papers.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Denbighshire Record Office, National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives.
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Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at Denbighshire Record Office have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Miss Marigold Graham, Plas yn Rhos, Gellifor, Ruthin; one additional item deposited by Mrs Helen Earle, London.



Archivist's note: Compiled by Mair James for the HMC/NLW Family and Estates project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Denbighshire Record Office, Brinkley MSS.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2 and LCSH

Date(s) of description: January 2002



Great Britain | Armed Forces | Military life | India

South Africa | Description and travel

Personal names

Brinkley, Charles Michael Edgeworth

Brinkley, Esther

Brinkley, Evelyn Everard Hutton

Brinkley, John, 1763-1835

Brinkley, John, d. 1851

Brinkley, Susanna Caroline

Brinkley, Susannah Kathleen, d. 1896

Edgeworth, Maria, 1767-1849

Corporate names