THORP, Robert (1771-1843), attorney. Incoming legal correspondence & associated documents 1799-1809


THORP, Robert (1771-1843), attorney. Incoming legal correspondence & associated documents 1799-1809

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LETTERS OF SURGEON WILLIAM INGHAM

THORP, Robert (1771-1843), attorney. Incoming correspondence and associated documents of the attorney Robert Thorp of Alnwick, Northumberland, comprising 100 items dating from 1799 to 1809 regarding various legacies, concerning in particular the estates of Colonel and Mrs Swinburn of Newcastle upon Tyne, as well as those of Mrs Jane Mills of Monkseaton, Mr Wren and Mr Ellison. Amongst the collection are 24 autograph letters signed from William Ingham surgeon of Newcastle upon Tyne; and 17 from the Rev. John Bacon of Bishop Auckland, Durham. Condition is generally good, but many with tears to folds and small losses, and 3 items are fragments of letters/documents.


Robert Thorp was the second son of Robert Thorp (1736-1812), Archdeacon of Northumberland and Rector of Ryton, co. Durham. He married Mary Ann Alder, and became an attorney in Alnwick, Northumberland. The family business of solicitors of which Robert was a founder, Dickson, Archer & Thorp, operated in Alnwick from the early 19th century until 2003.

Probably the most interesting group of letters to Thorp are those of the surgeon and apothecary William Ingham (1753-1817) of Newcastle upon Tyne. Ingham was the son of a Whitby surgeon and was apprenticed to Richard Lambert of the Newcastle Infirmary, where he was appointed a physician in 1778. He served the Infirmary as physician for 33 years. Another interesting correspondent is the Rev John Bacon (1754-1827) who was Headmaster of Bishop Auckland Grammar School from 1779-1801.

Much business contained in the correspondence and documents concerns the estate of “Colonel Swinburn” – this is William Swinburn, at the time of his death in 1806 Lieutenant Colonel to the Fifth Royal Garrison Battalion and Colonel by Brevet in the Army of Folkestone, Kent.

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