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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 KCLCA K/PP119 Leathes
LEATHES, Philip Hammersley ([1770]-1838)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
10 boxes (0.1 cubic metres)


Name of creator(s)

Leathes, Philip Hammersley, [1770]-1838, antiquarian

Administrative / Biographical history

Born [1770]; son of David Leathes of Middlesex; entered the Middle Temple, 1787; elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, 1793; worked as a clerk in the cheque office of the Bank of England, 1799-1838; subscriber to King's College London, 1832; established book prize for medical students at King's College London, 1833-1834; donation of papers to King's College on condition that he be permitted to reside in College, 1837; died, 1838.

Archival history

Collection of books, manuscripts and medals donated to College in 1837; medals and coins transferred for safe storage in Bank of England, 1839.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Collection comprises correspondence with Philip Hammersley Leathes, manuscript papers, diaries, devotionals, dictionaries and pedigree rolls, title deeds and indentures, printed books and pamphlets, catalogues and the manuscripts of the architect, John Carter, [1350-1863]. Notably including correspondence from George Nayler of the College of Arms and Nicholas Carlisle, Secretary of the Society of Antiquaries, relating to publications of the Society, discoveries of antique brass plate, and the exchange of manuscripts between antiquaries, [1790-1838]; loose manuscript papers collected by Leathes, describing ornamentation in early printed devotionals, a fictional narrative entitled 'The amorous Jill: A tale', narrative of the Lisbon earthquake of 1755, notes relating to the observation of comets, including the comet of 1811, copies of charters of the reigns of Edward IV and Henry VII, papers relating to the Portland Vase, British Museum, fragments describing inscription on newly discovered brass plate, 1747-1829; pedigree rolls tracing the lineage of the English Crown, [1450, 1762]; manuscript volumes including collection of biblical extracts, liturgical handbook, autograph book with colour illustrations, antiquarian ephemera such as funeral memorials, armorials and the creation of nobles, volume by Francis Harrison entitled, 'The elements of navigation' with colour charts, tables and illustrations, dictionaries of Celtic and Saxon words, notes on the teaching of mathematics, commonplace book drawing on ancient and modern authors, manuscript diary including progress of architectural tour of Europe; title deeds and indentures for families in Nottingham, Southampton, London and Hungerford, residency certificates in Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire, 1650-1751; printed books and pamphlets on the subjects of antiquarianism, genealogy and architecture, 1778-1853; manuscripts of John Carter, architect, acquired at his death in 1817 by his executor, Leathes, notably including autobiographical notebooks by Carter describing architectural subjects and tours, commonplace book, correspondence with Leathes, loose notes on linguistics and the ships of the Russia Company, obituaries of Carter and sale catalogue from his estate, 1700-1818; manuscript catalogues and display captions relating to the Leathes' papers, King's College London, 1819, 1837.

System of arrangement

Broadly chronological within subject areas.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material

English, some items also in Latin.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Pedigree rolls very fragile.

Finding aids

Collection level description online and due to be published in hard copy. Detailed catalogue available in hard copy in the College Archives reading room, King's College London.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

King's College London: In-correspondence (KA/IC); King's College London Council Minutes (KA/CM).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: Dictionary of national biography; Who's who; National Register of Archives online search facility; Sir Henry Macgeagh ed., Register of Admissions to the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, vol. 2 (London, 1949). Entry compiled by Geoff Browell.

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

December 2000


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  • Architecture
  • Astronomical systems
  • Autographs
  • Books
  • Catalogues
  • Commonplace books
  • Communication process
  • Communication skills
  • Communications media
  • Deeds
  • Diaries
  • Dictionaries
  • Disasters
  • Documents
  • Earthquakes
  • English history
  • European history
  • Genealogy
  • Handwriting
  • Information sciences
  • Information sources
  • Linguistics
  • Literary forms and genres
  • Literature
  • Manuscripts
  • Mathematics education
  • Meteorites
  • National history
  • Natural disasters
  • Navigation
  • Nonfiction
  • Primary documents
  • Prose
  • Publications
  • Rare books
  • Reference materials
  • Secondary documents
  • Writing

Personal names

  • Carlisle, Nicholas, 1771-1847, Antiquarian
  • Carter, John, 1748-1817, Architect
  • Leathes, Philip Hammersley, ? 1770-1838, Antiquarian
  • Nayler, George, 1764-1831, Knight Herald

Corporate names

  • British Museum
  • King's College London College Archives
  • Russia Company


  • Buckinghamshire, England
  • Hungerford, Berkshire, England
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • London, England
  • Northamptonshire, England
  • Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
  • Southampton, Hampshire, England

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