Letter to Sir Philip Crampton, from Maria Edgeworth. IE TCD MSS 4176-84/292a Public Deposited

Letter to Sir Philip Crampton, from Maria Edgeworth. IE TCD MSS 4176-84/292a

Shelf Mark/Reference Number
  • IE TCD MSS 4176-84/292a
Rights statement
  • Copyright The Board of Trinity College Dublin. Images are available for single-use academic application only. Publication, transmission or display is prohibited without formal written approval of the Library of Trinity College, Dublin.
Publisher location
  • Ireland
Date Created
  • 17 April 1840
Physical extent
  • 1 letter
  • IE TCD MSS 4176-84/292a: Letter to Sir Philip Crampton, from Maria Edgeworth, Edgeworthstown. About Mr. Drummond, and her shock on hearing of his death. Dated 17 April 1840. Part of The Crampton family papers, IE TCD MSS 4176-4184.
  • Digitised in 2022 for inclusion in the 'Maria Edgeworth Letters Project' ( led by Wake Forest University, the University of Tennessee, Texas A&M University, and Xavier University of Louisiana.
Biographical note
  • Sir Philip Crampton (1777-1858), of Bushey Park, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow was a surgeon, descended from a Nottinghamshire family who settled in Ireland during the reign of Charles II. Born in Dublin in 1777, he went on to study medicine there, and later entered the army medical service, which he left in 1798 when he was elected surgeon to the Meath Hospital, Dublin. He was for many years Surgeon-General to the forces in Ireland, and surgeon in ordinary to the Queen. He was a member of the senate of Queen's University and was three times President of the Dublin College of Surgeons. In 1839 Crampton was made a baronet. He was interested in zoology and was prominent in the foundation of the Royal Zoological Society of Ireland. He died in 1858 and was succeeded in the baronetcy by his son, John Fiennes Crampton, then British ambassador in Russia. See:,_1st_Baronet
  • Maria Edgeworth was born on 1 January 1768 to the Irish landowner Richard Lovell Edgeworth and his first wife, Anna Maria Elers. Neglected in her youth, Edgeworth and her family removed to Edgeworthstown, Ireland in 1782 where she began to collaborate with her father on literary and educational projects, as well as assisting with rents and estate business. Her earliest published works were treatises on women's and children's education (Letters for Literary Ladies (1795) and Essays on Practical Education (1798), co-written with Richard Lovell), stories for children (The Parent's Assistant (1796)), a regional Irish novel (Castle Rackrent (1800)), and a domestic novel (Belinda (1801)). Edgeworth continued to write and publish prolifically in multiple genres through the early decades of the nineteenth century until her death on 22 May 1849. See the Maria Edgeworth Letters project website at
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Collection title
  • Maria Edgeworth: Letters to and from Philip and Mrs. Crampton
  • The Crampton family papers. IE TCD MSS 4176-4184.
  • Maria Edgeworth Letters
Finding aid
  • Presented to the Library of Trinity College Dublin in 1967 by heirs of the family.
Resource type
  • ink
  • paper (fiber product)
Digital Object Id
  • MS4176-84-292a_1
  • b203340796


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