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Ballitore papers

 Collection
Call Number: OSB MSS 50

Scope and Contents

The papers consist of correspondence, mainly between members of the Leadbeater family, including Mary Shackleton Leadbeater and her husband William, and members of the Shackleton family. There is also correspondence with many other relatives, including Mary's cousin, Margaret Pike; a number of letters were written by children. There is extensive correspondence between Mary and the poet Melesina Trench. The papers also include poetry by Mary (including a poem written about Edmund Burke); narrative diaries kept by her mother, Elizabeth; manuscript magazines written by children; and a family tree.

Dates

  • 1709-1827

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Ballitore Papers is 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

Gift of James Marshall and Marie-Louise Osborn.

Arrangement

Organized into 1 series: I. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1709-1827.

Extent

2.5 Linear Feet (7 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

https://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.ballitor

Overview

The papers consist of correspondence, mainly between members of the Leadbeater family, including Mary Leadbeater and her husband William, and the Shackleton family, including Mary Leadbeater's parents, Elizabeth and Richard Shackleton, her sister, Sarah, and her grandfather, Abraham Shackleton. There is also correspondence with many other relatives, including Mary's cousin, Margaret Pike. Many letters were written by children. There is extensive correspondence between Mary and the poet Melesina Trench. The papers also include poetry by Mary (including a poem written about Edmund Burke); narrative diaries kept by her mother, Elizabeth; manuscript magazines written by children; and a family tree.

Richard Shackleton

Richard Shackleton succeeded his father, Abraham, as master of Ballitore School, a Quaker school that opened in 1726 in Ballitore, Ireland. One of Abraham's students had been Edmund Burke. Richard's second wife was Elizabeth Carleton, and Mary Shackleton Leadbeater was their daughter.

Mary Shackleton Leadbeater

Mary Shackleton Leadbeater married William Leadbeater (a former student at the Ballitore School) in 1791. They resided in Ballitore, where he was a farmer and landowner, and she ran the village post office. In 1794, she published anonymously "Extracts and Original Anecdotes for the Improvement of Youth." She also published "Poems" in 1808; "Cottage Dialogues among the Irish Peasantry" in 1811; and "Memoirs and Letters of Richard and Elizabeth Shackleton" in 1822. Her "Annals of Ballitore" was printed posthumously in 1862 by Richard Davis Webb as "The Leadbeater Papers."

Processing Information

This finding aid was produced from a previously existing card set in the Manuscripts Catalog, or from another inventory. All pertinent bibliographical information has been retained. This list is subject to revision once final folder numbering and labeling have been completed. If this collection contains unlisted or unsorted material, this has been noted.
Title
Guide to the Ballitore Papers
Author
by Beinecke staff
Date
2009-03-19
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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