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Bellot Papers

Date range: 18th-19th centuries.

Collection of correspondence, personal papers and legal records relating to the Bellot, Hale, Killer and Thyer families, donated in 1969 by Hugh Hale Bellot, Professor of American History at London University.

Among the papers are some 60 items relating to Robert Thyer (1709-1781), Librarian of Chetham's Hospital from 1732 to 1763 and editor of The Genuine Remains in Verse and Prose of Samuel Butler, with Notes (1759). He was the step-father of Elizabeth Killer, whose grand-daughter Frances married William Henry Bellot in 1847.

The Bellot family included several surgeons, practising especially in Stockport.

Among Thyer's papers are:

  • a protection from arrest which Richard Vaughan, 2nd Earl of Carbery, issued to Samuel Butler in 1667
  • a transcript of some of the verse remains of Butler
  • 28 letters from Robert Thyer
  • a collection of his essays and verses
  • papers relating to his wife Silence

See also the Bellot printed collection.

Finding aids

  • Unlisted.
  • Robert Thyer's letters and speeches are discussed and extracts therefrom printed in Edmund Ogden, 'Robert Thyer. Family Letters and some Speeches written for Public Recitation', Transactions of the Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society, vol. 47 (1930-1), pp. 58-83.
  • See also Edmund Ogden, 'Robert Thyer, Chetham's Librarian, 1732-1763', T.L.C.A.S., vol. 41 (1924), pp. 90-136.
  • Note in Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, vol. 52 (1969-70), pp. 237-8.
  • Notes and Queries (September 1993), pp. 324-5.


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