Herbert Weld Blundell

Herbert Joseph Weld Blundell (1852-1935) was an English traveller in Africa, archaeologist, philanthropist and yachtsman. He shortened his surname from Weld Blundell to Weld, in 1924.

Life to 1922

He was educated at Stonyhurst College. He travelled to Persia in 1891, then for a decade 1894 to 1905 in North Africa and East Africa. [ [http://www.achemenet.com/ressources/souspresse/annonces/Simpson%5B1%5D.Bushire.pdf St John Simpson, Bushire and Beyond: Some Early Archaeological Discoveries in Iran (PDF), p. 12] .] He was a correspondent for the "Morning Post" during the Second Boer War. [Wright, p. 70.] Expeditions included

*1891-2 Persepolis, with Lorenzo Giuntini, making casts of the reliefs [http://www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk/forgottenempire/palaces/reliefs.html]
*1894-5 Libya and Cyrenaica, creating a photographic record [Donald M. Bailey. "Photographs of Libya", 2. Libyan Studies: Volume 27 (1996), pp. 67-70.] [Herbert Weld-Blundell, "A visit to Cyrene in 1895", Annu. Brit Sch. Athens, 2, 1906, pp. 113-140.]
*1898 Abyssinia Expedition with Lord Lovat and Reginald Koettlitz [ http://www.dover.gov.uk/museum/focus/focus1.asp] http://www.anglo-ethiopian.org/publications/articles.php?type=O&reference=publications/occasionalpapers/papers/europeansbluenile.php]
*1904-5 Around Addis Ababa
*1922 Weld Blundell Expedition, found the Weld Blundell prism, now in the Ashmolean Museum [http://www.ashmolean.org/ash/faqs/q001/] [http://www.bible-history.com/archaeology/assyria/weld-prism.html]

In 1921-1922 he presented the Weld Blundell Collection to the University of Oxford. [http://cdli.ucla.edu/collections/ashmolean/ashmolean_intro.html]

From 1923

He backed a 1923 expedition to the Yemen [http://www.myjacobfamily.com/favershamjacobs/haroldfentonjacob.htm] , and the Field Museum-Oxford University Joint Expedition to Mesopotamia (Kish). [http://www.archive.org/stream/fieldmuseumnews06fiel/fieldmuseumnews06fiel_djvu.txt]

In 1923 he married Theodora Mclaren-Morrison, who died in 1928. In the same year he inherited Lulworth Castle, from a cousin, Reginald Joseph Weld Blundell. In 1928, on the death of Reginald's brother Humphrey, he inherited the rest of the Lulworth Estate, of the Weld-Blundell family. [Wright, p. 69.]

In 1923 he started campaigning against Army use of Bindon Hill as a firing range, the beginning of the long conflict that centred on the fate of Tyneham and other parts of the Lulworth Estate. [Wright, p. 75.] From 1924 he owned a large yacht, S/Y "Lulworth". [http://www.lulworth.nl/pages.php?id=1014] It was a prominent racing craft of its time, competing 28 times in 1925 and always placing in the first three. [http://www.lulworth.nl/pages.php?id=1015]

In 1929 he sold the Luttrell Psalter to the British Museum, which purchased it with a loan from John Pierpont Morgan. [http://www.artfund.org/artwork/787/the-luttrell-psalter] Weld's intention to sell family heirlooms came up against a legal issue, the claims of Mary Angela Noyes, nee Mayne, wife of Alfred Noyes, earlier married to Richard Shireburn Weld-Blundell, the Weld-Blundell heir who had been killed in 1916. [http://www.thepeerage.com/p4558.htm#i45579] [http://www.thepeerage.com/p4558.htm#i45578] [Wright, pp. 114-5.] Later in 1929 Lulworth Castle was badly damaged by fire, and some of the disputed heirlooms were burned. [Wright, p. 116, pp. 119-120.]


*"The Royal Chronicle of Abyssinia, 1769-1840, with Translation and Notes" (1922)


*Patrick Wright (2002 revision), "The Village That Died for England"


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Weld-Blundell family — The Weld family, which became in its main branch the Weld Blundell family, is an old English family (branches of which are found in several parts of England and America). It was conspicuous as a recusant family before Catholic Emancipation,… …   Wikipedia

  • Weld family — For the English Weld family, see Weld Blundell family. The Weld family is an extended family of Boston Brahmins most remembered for the philanthropy of its members. The Welds have many connections to Harvard University, the Golden Age of Sail,… …   Wikipedia

  • Demetros of Ethiopia — Demetros Emperor of Ethiopia Reign 25 July 1799 – 24 March 1800 and June 1800 to June 1801 Died 1802 Buried Ba ata, Ethiopia Prede …   Wikipedia

  • Didessa River — The Didessa River is a river in western Ethiopia. A tributary of the Abay River, it rises in the mountains of Gomma, flowing in a northwestern direction to its confluence where the course of the Abay has curved to its southernmost point before… …   Wikipedia

  • Nejo — Nejo …   Wikipedia

  • Lulworth (yacht) — Infobox caption = Tuiga (D3) and Lulworth (2) in race. France, (2006) headerstyle = background:#eee; header1 = S/Y Lulworth (1920) label2 = Type data2 = Gaff rigged cutter label3 = Class data3 = Big Class label4 = Design data4 = Herbert W. White… …   Wikipedia

  • Lorenzo Giuntini — Andrew Lawrence (“Lorenzo”) Giuntini was born ca. 1843 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England. His father, Andrea Giuntini, was born ca. 1808 in Italy and, having immigrated to England, married Mary Woulds on May 12, 1839 in Lincoln. Lorenzo… …   Wikipedia

  • Atse Baeda Maryam — Cet article fait partie de la série : Histoire de l’Éthiopie Antiquité éthiopienne Pays de Pount D mt Liste des rois de D mt …   Wikipédia en Français

  • High Sheriff of Lancashire — The High Sheriff of Lancashire is an ancient High Sheriff title which has been in existence for around a thousand years. [cite web |url=http://www.holtancestry.co.uk/pdf/high sheriffs.pdf |publisher= HoltAncestry.co.uk|title= The High Sheriffs of …   Wikipedia

  • Walker Art Gallery — in Liverpool Die Walker Art Gallery ist eine Kunstgalerie in Liverpool, in der sich eine der größten Kunstsammlungen von ganz England befindet. Daher wird die Walker Art Gallery oft auch als National Gallery of the North bezeichnet. In ihr… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.