Brett Collection Queen's University Belfast
Collection

Identifier

MS 3

Description

Small collection of miscellaneous papers and documents deposited by the Belfast solicitor, Sir Charles Brett (1839-1926). The collection consists of a variety of material, mainly of antiquarian interest, including books, extracts, manuscripts, and other documents relating principally to early English civil and ecclesiastical law, land and/or property in Yorkshire, c 1220-c 1600, and Wakefield, c 1763-1824, and the observations of the Rev T.J. Hussey on English birds, c 1828. The collection is also notable for a series of correspondence between Hussey and his daughter, Charlotte, during a stay in Aleppo, Syria from 1779-80 and an unexecuted grant of tithes, c 1145-53 from the Archbishop of Mainz.

Strengths

Antiquarianism

Physical Characteristics

The collection comprises approx. 100 items consisting of manuscripts, correspondence, printed leaflets and pamphlets, legal documents and individual leaves from a variety of books of antiquarian interest, c 1145-c 1855.

Languages

English;French;German;Latin

Collection Type

Collection.Library.Text.Special

Accrual

Policy: Closed   Method: Donation;   Periodicity: Closed

Access

The collection is available for reference only under supervised access in the Special Collections Reading Room at The McClay Library. Further information is available here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/specialcollections

Visitor access to The McClay Library

Description or Catalogue

Brett Collection listing: http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/InformationServices/TheLibrary/SpecialCollections/Manuscripts/#d.en.607208

Manuscripts webpage

Images of selections from this collection available in Digital Special Collections & Archives.

Publications Note

MS/Archive Collection

Collector

Name

Brett, Charles, Sir (1839-1926)

Role

Solicitor and Private Benefactor

History

b. 1839. Solicitor with the Belfast firm, L'Estrange & Brett, one of the oldest established law firms in Ireland (est. 1796). Served as Member of the Council of the Belfast Chamber of Commerce and on the 1st Senate of Queen's University of Belfast under the Charter of 1908. d. 1926.



Location

Name

Queen's University Belfast

Address

The McClay Library
10 College Park
Belfast

BT7 1LP

Website

http://www.qub.ac.uk/lib

Access Control

The McClay Library operates a controlled entry system.  Members are required to use their Queen’s staff, student or library card to obtain admission. 

Information for visitor access to The McClay Library for researchers not affiliated with Queen's is available from the Library website at http://www.qub.ac.uk/lib

Visitor access to Special Collections & Archives is detailed here http://www.qub.ac.uk/specialcollections

Administrator Role

Librarian

Phone

00442890976333

Email

rascal@qub.ac.uk

Owner

Role

Academic Institution

Telephone

00442890976333

Email

specialcollections@qub.ac.uk

History

Queen's University Belfast was formerly established as 'Queen's College, Belfast' by Queen Victoria in 1845 as one of a network of three Queen's Colleges in Ireland alongside Cork and Galway. It was raised to the status of a full university in 1908 with its own Charter and Statutes. When Queen's College first opened its doors in 1849, there were 20 professors and 90 matriculated students all based in the main Lanyon building off University Road, Belfast. Since then, the University has grown considerably both in reputation and stature reflecting its status as one of the oldest universities in the UK. Now catering to some 1,300 academics and 17,000 full and part-time students, the University offers courses and research opportunities in Agriculture & Food Science, Arts, Economics & Social Sciences, Medicine & Health Sciences, Science, Engineering, Education, Law and Theology based in centres within several miles of the original site, as well as a Marine Laboratory at Portaferry, a campus at Armagh City and outreach centres in Omagh and Newcastle and a nursing campus at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry. Notable persons to have come through Queen’s doors include Seamus Heaney, a recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Mary McAleese, former President of Ireland and senior officer at Queen's, David Trimble, a former member of teaching staff and a joint recipient of the Nobel Prize for Peace and actor Liam Neeson.