Ref no14182[HB]
TitleThe Hale Bequest
DescriptionDocuments from the Hale Bequest, being part of the collection of the late Mr. Alfred Matthew Hale. The collection contains account books, correspondence, family papers relating to both the Hale and Braikenridge families, genealogy and pedigrees, journals and commonplace books, newspapers, playbills, plans, sale catalogues, visitor books, wills and settlements, and an additional miscellaneous deposit. For a pedigree of Hale see The Family of Hale by WM Hale (14182[HB]/G/14)
Administrative historyThe items from the bequest deposited in the Bristol Archives Office consist of family records of the Hale family and also of the Braikenridge family, together with miscellaneous items from the collection of George Weare Braikenridge, the antiquary (d 1856).

Alfred Hale (1875-1954) wrote memoirs of his time in the Royal Flying Corps which were published by American historian Paul Fussell in 1975 ("The Ordeal of Alfred M. Hale: The Memoirs of a Soldier Servant") where he is described as "a minor musician of gentle birth and independent means, endowed with a degree of physical ineptitude which rendered him totally unsuited for any form of martial employment."

His father William Matthew Hale (1837-1929) was the brother-in-law and one of the executors of William Jerdone Braikenridge, the second son of George Weare Braikenridge. William was also an artist although little has been recorded of this in general - Bristol Museum & Art Gallery hold 19 of his watercolours and oils, with 7 more at the Royal West of England Academy. Items 14182[HB]/A/13 and 19 are his notebooks recording sales. He was the son of a clergyman, educated at Bath Grammar School, Rugby and Balliol College Oxford where he studied law. He graduated and was called to the bar at Lincolns Inn Fields but then decided to become an artist. He taught in London then returned to Bristol to produce and sell watercolours around 1865. He married in 1869 and had five children, one of which died in infancy, and lived in a house named Claverton in Stoke Bishop. He died in Bristol on 7 Mar 1929.
Archivist's noteBristol Record Office is grateful to Tony Marwick of the University of Bristol for providing a biography of William Hale on which the administrative history is based, and enhancing many of the descriptions in this catalogue as part of a dissertation focusing on WM Hale's work as an artist in 2015
Custodial historyThe Hale bequest was bequeathed [in the 1930s?] to Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and the library of the University of Bristol, however this collection of material was transferred from the Museum to Bristol Record Office in 1960.
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