Brewis (William) Diaries

Subject strengths: Social History, Agriculture

The diaries of William Brewis (1778-1850), farmer, of Throphill Farm, Mitford, Northumberland, cover the years 1833-1850 and are a fascinating compilation of information and anecdotes about farming matters and the local Mitford community. Alongside daily notes of the farming year, Brewis has added comments on local and national events of a political and societal nature.

His often outspoken nature makes for an entertaining as well as an informative read, such as his entry for January 13th-19th 1840 in which he remarks, “The great topic of Conversation is the Queen's wedding … with Prince Albert of Germany of the Gotha Family of very poor extraction, but England is expected to provide his Excellency with a suitable income…“

Collection Name and Collection Reference Code:

Collection Name: Brewis (William) Diaries

Archive Ref Code: GB186/WB

Date Range of Material

1833 - 2007

Type of Material

Personal archive of William Brewis

Size of Collection

0.5 Linear Metres of shelving 

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