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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
WARBURTON, Bartholomew Elliott George (1810-1852) alias Eliot Warburton
Level of description
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 volume


Name of creator(s)

Warburton, Bartholomew Elliott George, 1810-1852, writer

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1810 in Tullamore, King’s county, Ireland; educated by private tutor at Wakefield, Yorkshire; admitted as undergraduate to Queen’s College, Cambridge, 1828; transferred to Trinity College, Cambridge, 1830; gained BA, 1834, MA, 1837; entered to study law at Inner Temple, 1832; admitted King's Inn, Dublin, 1833; called to Irish bar in 1837, but abandoned law to manage his Irish estates, travel, and write, under the pseudonym Eliot Warburton; travelled extensively through Syria, Palestine and Egypt, 1843; accounts of travels published as series of articles entitled ‘Episodes of Eastern Travel’ in The Dublin University Magazine, 1843-1844; collected articles on Near East travels published as The Crescent and the Cross, or, Romance and Realities of Eastern Travel, 1845; Zoe: an Episode in the Greek War published in aid of the Irish poor, 1847; Memoirs of Prince Rupert and the Cavaliers published, 1849; published novel Reginald Hastings, 1850; edited Memoirs of Horace Walpole and his Contemporaries, 1851; appointed by the Atlantic and Pacific Junction Company to negotiate a treaty with the native Indian peoples over the strategic geographical area of Isthmus of Darien [now Isthmus of Panama], 1851; died on voyage to South America when Royal Mail steamship Amazon caught fire, 1852; Darien, or, The Merchant Prince posthumously published, 1852.

Publications: The Crescent and the Cross, or, Romance and Realities of Eastern Travel (London, 1845); Zoe: an Episode in the Greek War 1847; Hochelaga or England in the New World by George Warburton, edited by Eliot Warburton (London,1846); Memoirs of prince Rupert and the Cavaliers including their private correspondence (London, 1849); Reginald Hastings; or, A tale of the troubles in 164- (London, 1850); Memoirs of Horace Walpole and his Contemporaries, by Robert Folkestone Williams, edited by Eliot Warburton (London, 1851); Darien, or, The Merchant Prince (London, 1852).

Archival history

Acquired by Frederick Stroud Read in 1936, given to King’s College London by his wife in 1947, where it was housed in the Modern Greek Library, King’s College Library, until its transfer to King’s College Archives.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Transferred from King’s College Library.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Bound volume containing manuscript letters, mostly undated, from Eliot Warburton to Arabella Sarah Colston (1822-1891) written mainly when he was in Ireland, on subjects including: poverty, emigration and mortality in Ireland due to the Great Famine; friends and family, including the death of his father George Warburton, 1845; Warburton’s perceived lack of success as a writer and doubts over the merits of his own writings, 1846; criticism of the American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), with transcription of an extract from the poet’s Hyperion, 1846; Warburton’s eagerness to travel again once his book commitments are out of the way, June 1846; book and periodical recommendations for Arabella; cloth samples; fundraising for the Irish poor, notably through his publication Zoe: an Episode in the Greek War (1847) and donations of money from Arabella, 1847.  Volume also contains four typescript pages of biographical information on Warburton and Colston.

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, King's College London.

Language/scripts of material
Finding aids

This summary guide

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography;

Description compiled by Caroline Lam, 2007.

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

October, 2007

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  • Irish history
  • Famines
  • Poverty
  • Emigration
  • Mortality
  • Travel

Personal names

  • Warburton, Bartholomew Elliott George, 1810-1852, writer
  • Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882, American poet
  • Colston, Arabella Sarah, 1822-1891


  • Ireland

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