The Glynne-Gladstone Manuscript Collection contains family and estate correspondence and papers of the Glynne and Gladstone families of Hawarden Castle. The manuscripts include some items dated as early as 1550, and as recently as the twentieth century. By far the greatest part of the collection dates from the nineteenth century. It relates in particular to the last generation of the Glynne family, whose last male representative, Sir Stephen Glynne, 9th Baronet, died in 1874, and to the immediate family of William Ewart Gladstone, who married Catherine Glynne, Sir Stephen's sister, in 1839.
Access to the Glynne Gladstone papers was transferred to Gladstone’s Library in March 2016 after their previous administration through Flintshire Record Office, formerly known as Clwyd Record Office.
At present access to the collection will be restricted to staffed weekday hours only and can be requested through the borrowing request form which should be returned to the Reading Room staff at firstname.lastname@example.org with 'Archive Request' as the subject line.
The Glynne-Gladstone Papers are also part of the Victorian Lives and Letters Consortium and the staff and volunteers of Gladstone’s Library are in the process of digitising over 250,000 items with the aim of making the collection accessible for those who cannot visit the library.