Besly Family

Fonds number:
Title: Besly Family
Dates of Material:
12 cm of textual records
1 photograph: sepia
Biographical sketch

Rev. John Besly was born in 1800 and attended Balliol College in Oxford, earning a B.A. He was ordained into the Church of England in 1823, and appointed Vicar of St. Bartholomew in Long Benton, Northumberland in 1830, where he remained until his death in 1868.

Barton Hope Besly served as a Lieutenant in the British army during the Boer War.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of sermon regarding death of Maria Besly, 1797; correspondence to John
Besly, 1820–1865; commonplace book kept by members of the family, [184–?]; correspondence relating to the Boer War by Barton Hope Besly, 1899–1900, and photograph, [1907?]

Source of supplied title

Title based on contents of the fonds.


The fonds is stored in 1 box.

Immediate source of acquisition

Purchased from Pickering and Chatto antiquarian booksellers in 1991, along with a manuscript of a poem written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge titled “Absence”

Language of material

Most of the material is in English. Some correspondence is in Latin.

Access restrictions

Restrictions on access: No restrictions on access.

Finding aids

Box/file list available

General notes

The name “Besly” also appears as “Besley” in various records, as well as sources for biographical information

The manuscript of the poem “Absence” is in the Samuel Taylor Coleridge Collection, Part 1.Works by Coleridge,84c.

Desultory Notices of the Church and Vicarage of Long Benton, in the Diocese of Durham, with Extracts from Registers, Traditions (BX5110 .L66 B47 1843a VIC Rare), by John Besly, is available in the Victoria University Library

St. Bartholomew’s Church, Longbenton (BX5110 .L66 S24 1985 VIC Rare) and The Parish and Church of St. Bartholomew, Long Benton, Newcastle upon Tyne: a Social History (BX5110 .L66 E44 2002 VIC Rare) are also available in the Library


No further accruals are expected

Access points

Provenance access points
Besly (family)
Besly, John, 1800–1868
Besly, Barton Hope


Boer War

Related special collections at Victoria University Library

Samuel Taylor Coleridge