Biography and History

E. B. Ottley (1853-1910) was the son of Laurence Ottley (1808-61), rector of Richmond and later Rural Dean of Ripon, and his wife Elizabeth (neé Bickersteth). Ottley was an early graduate of Keble College, Oxford, and like most men at the College, he took holy orders. His first post was as curate at Hawarden in Cheshire, where W. E. Gladstone was the local landlord. Gladstone took a great interest in the young Ottley and several diary entries record his appreciation of his conversation. In 1883 Ottley married Maude Isabel Mary Hamilton, daughter of Walter Kerr Hamilton (1808-69), Bishop of Salisbury, and sister of Edward Walter Hamilton (1847-1908). E. W. Hamilton was a career Civil Servant, being employed as private secretary to two distinguished politicians, first Robert Lowe (later Viscount Sherbrooke) and then W. E. Gladstone. Ottley left Hawarden in 1880, just at the time that Gladstone began his second administration (1880-85) and at the time when Hamilton went to work for him, but it is reasonable to suppose that this was the way he met his future wife.

Source: From the finding aid for C0916

  • Edward and Maude Ottley Collection of W. E. Gladstone Correspondence. 1841-1908 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0916

    This collection consists of correspondence of Gladstone (and related persons) collected by Edward and Maude Ottley. In addition to letters by prominent government officials and statesmen, a number of literary and artistic figures are represented, including Robert Browning, Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Samuel Langhorne Clemens ("Mark Twain"), Charles Lutwidge Dodgson ("Lewis Carroll"), Kate Greenaway, Joseph Joachim, Andrew Lang, James Russell Lowell, Robert Bulwer Lytton, George MacDonald, Sir John Everett Millais, Anne Thackeray Ritchie, John Ruskin, George Augustus Sala, Anthony Trollope, Mrs. Humphry Ward, and Charlotte M. Yonge.

  • Edward and Maude Ottley Collection of W. E. Gladstone Correspondence. 1841-1908 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0916

    This collection consists of correspondence of Gladstone (and related persons) collected by Edward and Maude Ottley. In addition to letters by prominent government officials and statesmen, a number of literary and artistic figures are represented, including Robert Browning, Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Samuel Langhorne Clemens ("Mark Twain"), Charles Lutwidge Dodgson ("Lewis Carroll"), Kate Greenaway, Joseph Joachim, Andrew Lang, James Russell Lowell, Robert Bulwer Lytton, George MacDonald, Sir John Everett Millais, Anne Thackeray Ritchie, John Ruskin, George Augustus Sala, Anthony Trollope, Mrs. Humphry Ward, and Charlotte M. Yonge.