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Drane Family papers

Reference code(s): GB 0214 D147

Held at: Glamorgan Archives

Title: Drane Family papers

Short Title: Drane Family papers

Creation date(s): 1843-c.1980

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.02 cubic metres (1 box)

Name of creator(s): Terence D. Turner, O.B.E.


Administrative/Biographical history: Robert Drane senior was an independent minister of the Church of Christ. He was born in 1799 and moved to Guestwick, Norfolk in 1824. He married Frances Anna Rudkin, also born in 1799. They had seven children, four of whom survived to adulthood: the eldest of these was Robert Drane junior. Robert Drane junior was born on August 21 1833 in Norfolk. He trained as a chemist, and eventually took up a post in Cardiff, before opening his own shop in Bute Street in 1858. The business moved to Queen Street in 1868, and he lived above the shop. Robert Drane junior was, as well as a chemist, a naturalist and antiquarian. He founded the Cardiff Naturalist Society, published a well-known paper entitled The Hare in Captivity, and is credited with discovering the Skomer Vole. His antiquarian interests led to an important collection of old Worcester pottery, and a role as honorary curator of the Cardiff Museum. Robert junior died in 1914 and a plaque was placed on the wall of his shop in Queen Street. Little is known about the other three surviving Drane children. The next eldest, Anna Maria, was born October 14 1837. She married Henry H Skepper and they lived in Paris. They had at least one child, a girl named Emilie. Emily Drane (known to her family as Nem) was born June 29 1839 and remained a spinster, living with their father in Guestwick. Robert senior and Emily moved to Cardiff to live with Robert junior in the 1870s, and both died there: Robert senior in 1877 and Emily in 1884. William Drane was born June 12 1841 and is known to have outlived his brother. The collection includes two letters from Bernard Bolingbroke Woodward (1816-1869), librarian in ordinary to Queen Victoria at Windsor from 1860 until his death.


Scope and content/abstract: Drane Family papers letters and correspondence relating to various drane family members, 1843-1914; photographs and drawings, 1900-c. 1980.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Drane Family papers arranged chronologically by record series

Conditions governing access: No Restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Normal Glamorgan Record Office conditions apply

Finding aids: Handlist available at the Glamorgan Record Office


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records offered have been accepted and listed

Accruals: Accruals are possible

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by a private individual, 2003


Related material: See also DXIB (Robert Drane diaries and papers); DX89 (Robert Drane correspondence and other records); DXGC (Photographs of Dranes Collection of Pottery, porcelain and Glassware; DXQB (Prescription Books of EG Howell and Sons Chemist, Queen Street, Cardiff - formerly Robert Drane's); DAB31/5/56 (Letters from Robert Drane to Mr. Solomon Andrews regarding antiques)


Archivist's note: Compiled by Annabel Wickham for the ANW Project; Sources used: Glamorgan Record Office finding aids

Rules or conventions: Description follows Archives Network Wales guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition; AACR2 and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: March 2006


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