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Southcomb family papers

Call Number: OSB MSS 156
Scope and Contents

The Southcomb Family Papers document some aspects of the clerical careers of several generations of members of the Southcomb family who successively held the rectorship of Rose Ash in Devon. Contents include three devotional commonplace books of Lewis Southcomb; 279 sermons, mostly dating from the first half of the nineteenth century, by four different family members; and the diaries of John Ladaveze Hamilton Southcomb. The materials assembled here span almost 200 years of the family's 273 years in Rose Ash, but the bulk of the papers are the 279 manuscript sermons for worship services, funerals, farewells, charities, and other special occasions ("for the Princess Charlotte Saxe-Coburg buried November 1817"; "for the distressed Irish," June 26, 1831) written by John Southcomb (1758-1822), John Southcomb (1789-1840), Edmund Southcomb (1792-1854), John Ladaveze Hamilton Southcomb (1817-1886) and several as yet unidentified writers. The remainder of the collection consists of eight diaries by John Ladaveze Hamilton Southcomb.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Southcomb Family Papers are the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Sotheby's on the James Marshall and Marie-Louise Osborn Fund, 1979.


Organized into three series: I. Commonplace Books of Lewis Southcomb, 1696-1731; II. Sermons, 1788-1872; III. Diaries of John Ladaveze Hamilton Southcomb, 1835-1877.

Associated Materials

Printed works that were acquired with the Southcomb Family Papers were removed and cataloged separately. They are listed in the Appendix to this finding aid. Full catalog records for these items may be found in ORBIS, the Yale University Library catalog.

1696 - 1877
Majority of material found within 1818 - 1852
2.71 Linear Feet (7 boxes)
Related Names
Southcomb family
Language of Materials