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Drawings and journals chiefly of John Harden, a landowner from Tipperary and an accomplished amateur water-colourist, and of his wife Jessy, the daughter of Robert Allan, the Edinburgh banker, and an assiduous diarist.

Identifier: MSS.8832-8873

Scope and Contents

Jessy Harden's journal, essentially a series of family newsletters, was sent in instalments to her sister, Agnes Ranken, in India. Many of her husband's drawings were used to illustrate it. Journals and sketches alike survived because Agnes Ranken preserved them and eventually brought them back to Great Britain.


  • Creation: 1799-1853, undated.

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42 Volumes

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Other Finding Aids

Many of the items are listed in a Register of Documents compiled by Arundel S Clay and retained by him. A microfilm of this register is at MS.8873.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented, except where otherwise noted, 1954 and 1961, by Arundel S Clay, Windermere, Westmorland.


The material was used by Daphne Foskett in ‘John Harden of Brathay Hall’ (Kendal, 1974).
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