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Collection Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents of the Papers

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: David Latimer Tinling-Widdrington journal, 1796-1813

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the David Latimer Tinling-Widdrington journal, 1796-1813



Collection Summary

Creator: Tinling-Widdrington, David Latimer
Title: David Latimer Tinling-Widdrington journal
Dates: 1796-1813
Abstract: The journal primarily recounts the army career of David Latimer Tinling-Widdrington’s son, George Widdrington, from 1796 until his death in 1813 at the Battle of Vittoria, the decisive battle of the Peninsular War. The journal contains numerous descriptions of battles, many taken from copies of letters sent by George to his family. Also included are copies of other letters, including several by Joseph Cook, a relative by marriage. The journal contains a great deal of genealogical information concerning the Widdrington name, and Army lists (British, Portuguese, and French armies).
Identification: MS 139
Quantity: 1 folder
Repository: Woodson Research Center Fondren Library MS44, PO Box 1892, Rice University, Houston, TX 77251-1892

Biographical Sketch

David Latimer Tinling-Widdrington was a “Major of Brigade” when this journal commences. He later became a Lieutenant-Colonel in the 2nd Battalion of the 17th Regiment and, in 1812, became a Major-General and was appointed to the staff at Gibraltar. The journal describes the army career of Tinling-Widdrington’s son, Ggeorge Widdrington, who died in 1813 at the Battle of Vittoria. This was the decisive battle of the Peninsular War; it was the last major battle against Napoleon's forces in Spain and opened the way for the British forces under Lord Wellington to invade France.

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Scope and Contents of the Papers

The journal primarily recounts the army career of David Latimer Tinling-Widdrington’s son, George Widdrington, from 1796 until his death in 1813 at the Battle of Vittoria, the decisive battle of the Peninsular War. The journal contains numerous descriptions of battles, many taken from copies of letters sent by George to his family. Also included are copies of other letters, including several by Joseph Cook, a relative by marriage. The journal contains a great deal of genealogical information concerning the Widdrington name, and Army lists (British, Portuguese, and French armies).

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This material is open for research.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish from the David Latimer Tinling-Widdrington journal, 1796-1813 must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

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Index Terms

Names:
Cook, Joseph
Subjects:
Peninsular War, 1807-1814.
Document Types:
Journal

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Related Material

Peninsular War letters, 1808-1813, MS 155, http://www.rice.edu/fondren/woodson/mss/ms155.html

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

David Latimer Tinling-Widdrington journal, 1796-1813>, MS 139, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Provenance

Purchased from Walford (dealer), 1960.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I: David Latimer Tinling-Widdrington journal, 1796-1813

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1 Major-General David Latimer Tinling-Widdrington handwritten journal, 152 pages in bound volume

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