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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies


Thomas Rhys Davids was the son of Thomas William Davids, an ecclesiastical historian and pastor of Lion Walk Congregational Church, Colchester, Essex.

Caroline Rhys Davids was the daughter of John Foley, vicar of Wadhurst, Sussex, and Caroline Elizabeth Foley (née Windham). She had a brother, Charles Windham Foley, a solicitor at Morgan and Co, Calcutta, India, and a sister, Mary Cecilia Foley. Through her father, John Foley, the son of John Foley, rector of Holt, Worcestershire, and grandson of Robert Foley, vicar of Mordiford, Herefordshire, she was connected to the Foley family of Witley Court, Worcestershire. Through her mother, Caroline Elizabeth Foley (née Windham), she was a member of the Windham family of Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk.

The collection comprises the papers, dating from 1722-1978, of:

  • Thomas William Rhys Davids (1843-1922), Pali scholar
  • Caroline Augusta Foley Rhys Davids (1857-1942), Pali scholar
  • The joint correspondence of Thomas and Caroline
  • Vivien Brynhilda Caroline Foley Rhys Davids (1895-1978)
  • Arthur Percival Foley Rhys Davids (1897-1917), Pilot
  • Nesta Enid Rhys Davids (1900-73)
  • Thomas William Davids (1816-84), Congregationalist pastor
  • Charles Windham Foley (1856-1933), Solicitor
  • Mary Cecilia Foley (1859-1925)
  • John Foley (1805-86), Vicar of Wadhurst
  • Caroline Elizabeth Foley (1815-98)
  • John Foley (1775-1847), Rector of Holt
  • Robert Foley, (1736-97), Vicar of Mordiford

The Library also holds a collection of Rhys Davids' photographs of family and friends, comprising 3 boxes of negatives and prints (uncatalogued)