Historical Manuscripts Commission

Summary report on the papers 


Henry John Ellison (1813-1899),
rector of Great Haseley and temperance campaigner


John Henry Joshua Ellison (1855-1944),
prebendary of St Paul's Cathedral

in the muniments of

St George's Chapel, Windsor

(reference: GB/0260/M.160)

S Roberts, June 1996
Historical Manuscripts Commission

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Summary report

Henry John Ellison

John Henry Joshua Ellison

Gerald Alexander Ellison

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All enquiries regarding these papers should be addressed to the Archivist and Librarian, St George's Chapel Windsor. References should be quoted in the form: M.160/A/1/1.


Henry John Ellison, the son of a London solicitor, was successively perpetual curate of All Saints, Brighton (1840-43), vicar of Edensor (1845-55), vicar of New Windsor and reader at Windsor Castle (1855-75), and rector of Great Haseley (1875-94). He held a prebend in Lichfield Cathedral (1854-73), honorary canonries at Christ Church, Oxford (1873-94) and Canterbury (1894-99), and a chaplaincy-in-ordinary to Queen Victoria (1879-99). He was one of the founders in 1862 of the Church of England and Ireland Temperance Reformation Society (of which he was chairman until 1891) and in 1876 of the Police Court Mission. In 1854 he married Mary Dorothy (d 1870), daughter of Sir Joshua Jebb, surveyor-general of HM Prisons.

John Henry Joshua Ellison, eldest child of this marriage, was educated at Eton and Merton College, Oxford. Appointed in 1881 as assistant domestic chaplain to Archbishop Tait (whose youngest daughter Agnes was to be briefly his first wife), he afterwards became vicar of St Gabriel's, Pimlico (1885-94), chaplain to his friend Randall Davidson (1891-1928), vicar of Windsor (1894-1913), chaplain-in-ordinary to five successive sovereigns (1896-1944), rector of St Michael's, Cornhill (1913-44), proctor in Convocation for the diocese of London (1920-29), chaplain to the Stock Exchange (1929-44), president of Sion College (1930-44) and prebendary of Finsbury in St Paul's Cathedral (1931-44).

The papers listed below were presented in 1994 by Mrs Jane Ellison, widow of Gerald Ellison (Bishop of London from 1973 to 1981), youngest son of Prebendary Ellison by his second wife Dorothy Crum. A few items from Bishop Ellison's papers (which are at Lambeth Palace Library) are included in this collection.

The Commission is most grateful to Dr Eileen Scarff, Archivist and Librarian to the Dean and Canons of St George's Chapel, for her assistance in the cataloguing of the Ellison papers and the compilation of this report.

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Summary report

Henry John Ellison (1813-1899)


1/1 Diary and commonplace book 2 October 1838-31 March 1848 (1 volume)

2/1-17 Miscellaneous correspondence and papers of HJE and his wife 1840-95, nd, including a letter from Dean Wellesley offering him the parish of New Windsor 1855 [2/6] and a draft letter (12 pages) from him to JHJE at the latter's fortieth birthday 1895 [2/12] (18 gatherings and items)

3/1-8 Printed books, pamphlets and articles by or about HJE 1867-1912, and typescript memories of the Police Court Mission by his daughter Dorothy Ellison 1936 (9 volumes and items)

4/1-2 Silver medallion presented to HJE by the Windsor Working Men's Temperance Society 1862; medallion commemorating the International Temperance Exhibition 1881.


John Henry Joshua Ellison (1855-1944)


1/1-71 Royal correspondence, mainly letters from Prince Arthur Duke of Connaught, Princess Louise Margaret Duchess of Connaught, and their children Prince Arthur, Princess Margaret (afterwards crown princess of Sweden) and Princess Victoria Patricia (afterwards Lady Patricia Ramsay), Christmas cards mostly from Princess Margaret, and invitations, orders of service and press cuttings concerning the children's confirmations and weddings and the death of Princess Margaret, 1897-1920 (88 items)

2/1-38 Invitations, cards of admission, instructions, orders of service, press cuttings, etc for coronations, funerals of sovereigns and miscellaneous royal events 1900-37 (61 items)

3/1-13 Correspondence and papers relating to his appointments as a royal chaplain, a reader at Windsor Castle and a companion of the Royal Victorian Order, 1895-1938 (30 items)

4/1-11 Miscellaneous correspondence c1860-c1935, including two letters from Archbishop Lang 1928-29 [4/5, 4/7] and a letter from Dean Inge 1930 [4/8] (12 items)

5/1-2 Diary (kept intermittently) with letters and press cuttings pasted in, 28 December 1888-18 November 1935 and 12 December 1935-18 September 1943 (followed by press cuttings concerning his death and funeral January 1944) (2 volumes)

5/3-4 Commonplace books nd [late 1870s onwards] (2 volumes)

5/5 Notebook containing printed Greek text (1872) and manuscript English translation of Aristotle's Nicomachaean Ethics (1 volume)

6/1-64 Sermons 1880-1943 (5 volumes, 55 small notebooks, 1 bundle, 2 printed pamphlets) [Each volume contains a quantity of sermons, and each notebook a single sermon. Most sermons are numbered individually, and annotated with the dates and places of their preaching. An index volume [6/64], is arranged by number and subject]

7/1-29 Examination certificates, letters of ordination and institution, declarations of assent, mandates of induction, and other formal documents 1874-1931 (29 items)

8/1-28 Papers relating to his second marriage 1901, including letters from his solicitor and telegrams of congratulation, 1900-03 (29 items)

9/1-11 Papers relating to insurance of the vicarage of Windsor and the rectory of St Michael's, Cornhill 1909, 1913, 1930-32 (16 items)

10/1-8 Successive versions of his will, and related papers, 1904-43 (10 items)

11/1-19 Miscellaneous printed papers 1905-44, including testimonials on his behalf 1913 and press cuttings concerning his death and funeral 1944 (1 volume, 18 items).


Gerald Alexander Ellison (1910-1992)


1/1 Reminiscences by GAE, begun 17 August 1986, primarily concerning his family background (typescript, 9 pages)

2/1-8 Letters (3) to GAE from JHJE 1933, the Revd JR McGown 1986 and JR Townend 1988; letters (2) to Mrs Jane Ellison from the Revd JWG Whale and Jarrold Publishing 1993; and letters (3) to Randall Ellison (elder brother of GAE) from MF Bond (with typescript extracts from JHJE's diary) 1971-72 (12 items)

3/1-4 Correspondence and accounts relating to the wills of his parents, and to the Ellison and Crum trusts, 1947-48 (11 items)

4/1 Account book (meals and sundry expenses) October 1932-June 1933 (1 volume)

5/1-4 Printed copies of sermons by JHJE presented to GAE 1929-40 (4 items).

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