Fonds F2062 - Duckworth Family Collection

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Duckworth Family Collection


  • [1900?]-1919 (Creation)

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0.12m of textual records

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Robinson Duckworth, clergyman, was born at Liverpool, 4 December 1834 and died 20 September 1911. He was the second son of Robinson Duckworth and Elizabeth Forbes Nicol (1803-1868) (daughter of William Nicol, M.D.). He attended the Royal Institution School, Liverpool, and Liverpool College. Duckworth matriculated 19 March 1853 and was elected to an open scholarship at University College, Oxford. He attained a first class Classics BA in 1857 and was Assistant Master at Marlborough from 1857 to 1860. He achieved an MA 1859 and was fellow at Trinity from 1860 to 1876 (tutor until 1866). He was made examining Chaplain to Bishop of Peterborough in 1864. In 1867, at the special request of Queen Victoria, he was made tutor to HRH the Duke of Albany (Prince Leopold) and was the Prince's Governor from 1867-70. He was Vicar of St. Mark's, Hamilton Terrace, London 1870-1906, Chaplain in Ordinary to Queen Victoria, 1870-90, and to the Prince of Wales, 1875-1901. He accompanied the Prince of Wales on his tour through India 1875-76. He was Sub-Dean and Canon of Westminster (appointed to the later position in 1875). He obtained a BD and DD 1879. Duckworth was Rural Dean of St. Marylebone from 1891 to 1905. He was select Preacher at Cambridge in 1906 and made Chaplain in Ordinary to the King in 1910. He was buried near the entrance to the choir, Westminster Abbey. [Sources: Foster, J. Oxford Men & their Colleges, 1893; Pratt, A.T.C. People of the Period, 1897; Men of the Time: a dictionary.., 1897; Men and Women of the Time, 1899; Schaff, P. and S. M. Jackson Encyclopedia of Living Divines, 1887; Who Was Who 1897-1916, 1920]

Henry Thomas Forbes Duckworth, academic, was born 29 November 1868 at Grassendale, Lancashire, England, and died in 1927 in Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France. He was the son of Henry Duckworth (1836-19--) and Mary Bennett of Chester, England (1939-1916) and the grandson of Robinson Duckworth and Elizabeth Forbes Nicol. He attended Birkenhead school and matriculated 22 October 1887 at Merton College Oxford. He obtained his BA, a double first-class honour degree (Classics in 1891, Theology in 1892), was made deacon in 1893, and priest in 1894. He was curate of Witton, Northwich, from 1893 to 1896 and chaplain at Nicosia, Cyprus from 1896 to 1901 (enquiring into the liturgy, worship, and doctrines of the Eastern Church). As a representative of the Eastern Church Association in Cyprus, Duckworth spent his time studying the history of the Cypriot church. He authored Greek Manuals of Church Doctrine (1901), The Church of Cyprus (1901), and Pages of Levantine History (1906). He was English Chaplain at Cairo, Egypt, in 1901 but moved to Toronto and became Professor of Divinity at Trinity College. He held that post until 1907, was Lecturer and Professor of Classics from 1904 to 1927 (Greek in 1907 and Ancient History from 1912 until his death) and Dean of Residence from 1903 to 1914. In 1914, the position of Dean of Arts was created and he held that post until 1923. He married Hope Holland Hunt in 1908 [Sources: Foster, J. Oxford Men 1880-1892, 1893; Morgan Canadian Men and Women of the Time, 1912; Reed, T. A. The History of Trinity College, Toronto 1852-1952; The Clergy List, 1914]

Hope Holland Hunt Duckworth, was born 17 December 1884 in Brantford, Ontario, and died 28 August 1966. She was the daughter of Wellington Hunt (1838-1903) and Eliza Jane Craig (1851-1920). She attended the Ontario Ladies College, Whitby, and entered Trinity College, Toronto, in 1905. She graduated with a BA (Specialist) in 1908 and married Henry Thomas Forbes Duckworth in September of that year. She was Treasurer of the Women's Historical Society, Toronto in 1917. From 1918 to 1924 the Duckworths lived on Crawford Street and students of Trinity College boarded with them when necessary. After her husband’s death in 1927, Hope travelled back and forth to Cyprus. She is buried in the British cemetery in Kyrenia, Cyprus.
[Sources: Reed, T.A. A History of Trinity, College, Toronto 1852-1952; Trinity College Directory of Graduates and Alumni; Wellington Hunt,]

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The collection was acquired in four accessions from various sources.

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Fonds consists of textual material relating to the Duckworth Family, including notebooks, scrapbooks, correspondence and invitations.

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  • English

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