Item VI/iv/09 - A Circumstantial and Authentic Account of a late Unhappy Affair which happened at the Star and Garter Tavern in Pall Mall

Identity area

Reference code

GB 2014 WS-01-GRE-VI/iv/09


A Circumstantial and Authentic Account of a late Unhappy Affair which happened at the Star and Garter Tavern in Pall Mall


  • 1957 (Accumulation)
  • 1765 (Publication)

Level of description


Extent and medium

4to, 1 volume

Context area

Name of creator


Biographical history

BYRON, WILLIAM, 5TH BARON BYRON, fourth son of William Byron, 4th Baron Byron, and his third wife Hon. Frances Berkeley, second dau. of William Berkeley, 4th Baron Berkeley of Stratton, President of the Board of Trade; b. 5 Nov 1722; adm. Feb 1731/2; succ. father as 5th Baron Byron 8 Aug 1736; Lieut., Royal Navy 27 Mar 1741, res. c. 1743; Grand Master, Order of Freemasons, 1747-52; Master of the Staghounds 5 Dec 1763- Aug 1765; quarrelled with his cousin William Chaworth (qv) at a club dinner at the Star and Garter, Pall Mall, and mortally wounded him in a duel, 26 Jan 1765; found guilty of manslaughter by the House of Lords, 16 Apr 1765, but was exempted from punishment by his privilege as a peer (Howell, State Trials, xix, 1177-1236); known as “the wicked Lord Byron”; m. 28 Mar 1747 Elizabeth, dau. of Charles Shaw, Besthorpe Hall, Norfolk; d. 19 May 1798.

Archival history

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

Access to rare books is granted to bona-fide researchers, by prior appointment, in cases where the item in unavailable at another UK repository.

Conditions governing reproduction

A reprographics service is available to researchers subject to the access restrictions outlined above. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the item. Copies are supplied in accordance with Westminster School's Policy on Archive and Heritage Collections, and under provisions of any relevant copyright legislation. Permission to reproduce images of items in the custody of Westminster School must be sought from its Governing Body.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

  • Latin

Language and script notes

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Related descriptions

Alternative identifier(s)

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Description control area

Description identifier


Institution identifier

GB 2014

Rules and/or conventions used



Level of detail



  • English


  • Latin


Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related genres

Related places