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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 1589

J. Solloway papers concerning The English Washingtons

Autograph manuscript of the genealogy of the Washington family in England, The English Washingtons, prepared by John Solloway, with correspondence of American historian Albert Bushnell Hart with Solloway and publishers.


  • 1927-1932 and undated

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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1 linear feet (1 box)

Includes autograph manuscripts (in notebook form) and correspondence of American historian Albert Bushnell Hart with Solloway and publishers.

Biographical / Historical

The Rev. John Solloway (1860-1946) was born in Chorley in Lancashire, England, where, in a church in a neighboring mansion, are arms of the Washington family. Solloway found this of great interest espcially when he later became a Canon of Yorkshire Cathedral, and then Vicar of Selby Abbey. At Selby Abbey he found a glass panel with arms that he recognized as Washington arms. Solloway then began a study of the Washingtons in England. According to Harvard historian A.B. Hart, as of 1931 Solloway "had the widest knowledge of any man in the world on that subject."

Albert Bushnell Hart (1854-1943) was an American historian and professor at Harvard University. He worked as the official historian of the United States Commission for the Celebration of the Two Hundredth Anniversary of the Birth of George Washington in the 1920s and 1930s. Hart spent years making automobile tours through England in search of places connected with the English Washingtons. It was on one such tour where he met Solloway, acquired the manuscript of Solloway's The English Washingtons, which Hart describes as: "a very careful genealogy of the ancestors of George Washington in England." Hart proceeded to attempt to have this volume published, though it appears to have remained unpublished.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

44M-367. Deposited by the Rev. J. (John) Solloway, The Abbey Vicarage, Selby, Yorkshire, England; received: 1945 April 20.

General note

This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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Link to catalog
Solloway, J. (John), 1860-1946. J. Solloway papers concerning The English Washingtons, 1927-1932: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

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