CollectionCorrespondence of Sir William Parsons
Record TypeCorrespondence
ReferenceGEO/ADD/46
TitleLetters from the daughters of George III to Sir William and Lady Parsons, [1805]-1830
Date[1805]-1830
DescriptionThis series also contains letters from and to Louisa Cheveley, Sophia Beckedorff, Lady Mary Erskine and Margaret Bremeyer.

These documents have been listed only and their contents not catalogued in detail but they are thought to contain details of: payments to Sir William Parsons; a performance of 'Acis and Galatea' at Frogmore, December 1802; reactions to Princess Charlotte of Wales' death; musical instruments; George III inviting Sir William and Lady Parsons to stay at Windsor; Fanny Parsons' marriage; Frederick, Duke of York; Louisa Cheveley's death; and a quarrel between Mary and Ann Cheveley.
LanguageEnglish
Extent58 documents
LevelCollection
Admin HistoryWilliam Parsons (c.1747-1817) was a composer and musician who held the position of Master of the King's Music from 1786-1817. One of his duties (within George III's household) was to tutor The Royal Family, including Princesses Sophia, Augusta Sophia, Elizabeth and Mary. In recognition of his service he was knighted in 1795 to become the first British musician to gain the honour. He resided at Somerset Street, Portman Square with his wife Lady Parsons (née Charlotte Sophia Worgan), whom he married in 1778.
Custodial HistoryPurchased May 1980.
ArrangementThe order of this catalogue reflects the physical order of the records which is predominantly chronological. The original order is unknown and it is also unknown when the records were arranged in their current order and assigned reference numbers.
Catalogued skeletally to Item level Summer 2020.
RepositoryRoyal Archives
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