RP XXV - William Gair Rathbone VII and descendants. - 1770-1988

RP XXV - PAPERS OF WILLIAM GAIR RATHBONE AND DESCENDANTS date from c. 1800-1992and include:

  • RP XXV.1 - General Correspondence
  • RP XXV.2 - Deeds and Accounts
  • RP XXV.3 - Diaries, Notes and Notebooks
  • RP XXV.4 - Property records
  • RP XXV.5 - General paper...

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    Physical Description:119 boxes
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RP XXV - PAPERS OF WILLIAM GAIR RATHBONE AND DESCENDANTS date from c. 1800-1992and include:

  • RP XXV.1 - General Correspondence
  • RP XXV.2 - Deeds and Accounts
  • RP XXV.3 - Diaries, Notes and Notebooks
  • RP XXV.4 - Property records
  • RP XXV.5 - General papers and ephemera
  • RP XXV.6 - Business letters
  • RP XXV.7 - Photographs
  • RP XXV.8 - Artwork
  • RP XXV.9 - Artefacts
  • RP XXV.10 - Historical documents (including older letters and papers apparenly retained for their historical interest)
  • RP XXV.11 - Historical and biographical material (including papers relating to the historical study of the Rathbone family and papers)
Date:1770-1988
Reference Number:RP XXV
Acquisition Information:Deposited by William Rathbone X in December 1993
Biographical/Administrative Information:WILLIAM GAIR RATHBONE VII (1849-1919) was eldest son of William Rathbone VI and Lucretia Rathbone. He was a merchant with the firm of Rathbone Brothers, operating from 1879 the London branch with William Lidderdale. He worked to promote District Nursing, and was a keen patron of the arts. In June 1877 he married BLANCHE (1858-1938) daughter of Charles Luling and Elena Michaela (née Longer) of New York, who became one of the original members of the Invalid Children's Aid Association. They had two children, Elena and William Rathbone VIII. ELENA RATHBONE (1878-1964, later Richmond) was also a supporter of District Nursing and a pioneer in the registration of midwives. In 1913 she married BRUCE RICHMOND, an assistant editor of the Times, appointed editor of the Times Literary Supplement in 1915. They had no children. WILLIAM RATHBONE VIII (1880-1941) served as a Captain in the R.E. Territorials. In 1904 he married DORA, only daughter of John Rankin of Liverpool. They had three children, William Rathbone IX, Nicholas Rathbone and John Rankin Rathbone. John and Nicholas were both killed in action during the Second World War. WILLIAM RATHBONE IX (1906-1992) continued the family tradition of involvement in District Nursing, becoming president of the Queen's Institute of District Nursing. In Nov 1932 he married Peggie Lubbock, daughter of Cecil and Edith Lubbock, and they had two children: William X and Penelope (later Holeton).