MC:P164 Papers of Edward Granville Eliot (1878-1950)
The Hon. Edward Granville Eliot was born on 3 January 1878, to Colonel The Honourable C. G. C. Eliot. He was the younger brother of both the 7th and 8th Earls of St. Germans. In 1907 he married Clare, the daughter of William Robert Philips, of Montacute House, Somerset. However she predeceased him in 1927. He attended Charterhouse, before coming up to Magdalen as a Commoner in 1896. During his time at Magdalen he was known for his enthusiasm for amateur dramatics and participation in the banjo orchestra. He received his B.A. in 1900, a Second in History. He spent some time working as an actor and playwright; his musical play ‘Hidenseek’ opened at the Globe. London, in December 1901. It ran until January 1902, receiving largely negative reviews. He then worked as a solicitor until the outbreak of war.
In August 1914 he became a Lieutenant of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, in which he served until March 1916. He then became a Captain of the Royal Garrison Artillery until February 1919. He served in France from February 1917 to November 1918, as a Staff-Lieutenant of the Heavy Artillery. Nothing is known of his life after the war. He died on 10 February 1950.
The menus were given to the archives in May 2001 by Eliot’s daughter, Ms. Margaret Asher, as Accession No. 01/110. The scrapbook, diaries and magazine were given to the archives by Clare Gillies, Margaret Asher’s daughter, as accession number 11/60.
Catalogued in July 2001 and April 2011.
MC:P164/MS1 – SCRAPBOOK AND DIARIES
MC:P164/MS1/1 March 1897 – June 1903
A collection of newspaper cuttings, programmes, flyers, business cards, photos and cricket reports. Clippings are taken from newspapers such as Isis, the Oxford Times, the Daily Mail, The Times and the Hampstead and Highgate Express.
Some notable items include:
A programme and review for Eliot’s Banjo band on page 2, with pianoforte solo by Paul Benecke.
Programmes for amateur dramatics featuring Eliot page 8, 9, 18, 23, 24, 28, 30, 59, 61, 63, 64, 67
The first edition of ‘The Vacuum’ magazine page 39
Letters and telegrams of congratulations to Eliot on receiving a Second, including those from Herbert Warren and C. R. L. Fletcher, pages 42-45
A poster for the play ‘Hidenseek’ written Eliot, and its reviews, pages 73- 118
Reviews of ‘Money’ in which Eliot acted, pages 121-123
Reviews of ‘Rosencrantz and Guildernstern’, in which Eliot acted, pages 128 -129
A programme, ticket, carriage pass and order of service for the coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra are placed at the back of the volume.
MC:P164/MS1/2 Aug. 1899 – Sept. 1899
Diary of Edward G. Eliot . A handwritten diary, with photographs, tickets and other ephemera, giving an account of Eliot’s travels in Germany and Belgium. The places he visited include Cologne, the Rhine, Wiesbaden, Frankfurt, Koblenz, Ardenne, Dinant, Spa, Brussels and Antwerp. The account is 55 pages in length.
MC:P164/X1 – DINNER MENUS
Three dinner menus for Old Members’ Meetings of the Rupert Society, held on 11 March 1905, 3 March 1906 and 29 February 1908. The dinners were followed by a debate, the subject of which is given on the back of the menu.
The Rupert Society, presumably named after Charles I’s nephew, Prince Rupert, who is supposed to have stayed in Magdalen during the Civil War, was a debating society founded in 1897. Its minute book may be found at MC:O25/A1/1.
MC:P164/X2 – MAGAZINES
MC:P164/X2/1 May 1902
Copy of Eights Illustrated, a humorous magazine about rowing, published for Eights Week of 1902. It is 19 pages in length. It contains several short articles and sketches, as well as photographs.