Ref no32955
TitleRecords of the Butcher family, its predecessors and descendants, 1676-1954
DescriptionThis accession of Butcher family papers, dating from the seventeenth century onwards, was deposited by Miss Dorothy Dakin, the representative of the family in the present generation. She is herself headmistress of Red Maids School, Bristol, but apart from her great-great grandfather, who was an alderman of the city, none of the family had any connection with Bristol, and only a small proportion of the records relate to it - these are the papers of Edmund Butcher, MD, alderman, who was chief constable of St Michael's Ward during the Bristol Riots of 1831 and whose family home was 57 Park Street; the riot papers are mainly his official records as chief constable.

The earliest records are those of the Lawrence family of Wem, Shropshire, but for the most part the Butchers settled in north-east England; Miss Dakin's grandmother, Dora Walker, lived In York and her great-grandfather, Edmund Lyde Butcher held several livings in the neighbourhood of Durham and her aunt, Dorothy Wilcox's husband held livings in Lancashire and Cumberland.

Apart from the small group of documents relating to the riots, almost all the accession is composed of family papers, wills, correspondence, common-place books, diaries, business records etc.

Most worthy of note are the working papers and publications of several members of the clergy, including a series of parochial log books kept by the Rev Edmund Lyde Butcher for Westoe and Wolviston, County Durham. Among the correspondence, which almost entirely concerned with purely family matters, is a series of letters from Fred Wilcox to his wife, Dorothy Walker, written while he was serving as a chaplain on a hospital ship based at Alexandria in 1916. The first Edmund Butcher was a poet as well as a noted cleric (see his entry in the Dictionary of National Biography) and several volumes containing his verses are preserved here.
Extent4 boxes
ArrangementThe items within this collection are arranged under the following groupings:
32955/1-19: Documents relating to the Lawrence family of Wem, Salop, 1676-1798.
32955/20-35: Documents relating to the Revd Edmund Butcher of Sidmouth, unitarian minister and poet, and his family,1802-1831.
32955/36-62: Documents relating to Edmund Butcher, M.D., alderman of Bristol, including papers concerning the Bristol Riots of 1831, and his family, 1803-1859.
32955/63-103: Documents relating to the Revd Edmund Lyde Butcher of County Durham and his family, 1830-1906.
32955/104-111: Documents relating to the Danvers and Lansdowne families of Bristol, and miscellaneous papers, 1773-1876.
32955/112-122: Documents relating to Dorothy Marsden, wife of Edmund Lyde Butcher, 1841-1893
32955/123-128: Documents relating to the Revd Charles Butcher; Dean of Shanghai, 1841-1884.
32955/129-144: Documents relating to the Revd George Butcher of Northumberland, 1881-1907
32955/145-164: Documents relating to Dora Walker, nee Butcher of York, 1870-1938
32955/165-193: Documents relating to Dorothy Wilcox, nee Walker of Lancashire and Cumberland, 1892-1954
Archivist's noteDeposited in the Bristol Archives Office by Miss Dorothy Dakin in March 1973. A second deposit of material deposited in 1978 remains unlisted
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