Papers of Canon Charles Shaw and his wife, Lilian Shaw

Reference code(s): GB 0150 CMS/ACC162
Held at: Birmingham - University of, Information Services, Special Collections Department
Title: Papers of Canon Charles Shaw and his wife, Lilian Shaw
Date(s) of contents: circa 1850-1959
Level of description: Sub-fonds
Extent and medium: 50 vols. and 6 docs.


Name of creator(s):

Administrative/Biographical history: Charles Lawrence Shaw (1886-1965) was born in Foochow, China, the son of Charles Shaw, a CMS missionary. He was educated at the CMS Children's Home at Limpsfield, St Lawrence College, Ramsgate and Sidney Sussex College and Ridley Hall, Cambridge. He was ordained as a deacon in 1909 and as a priest in 1920 and became curate of West Ham parish church. He was accepted as a CMS missionary in 1911 and served firstly at Biladia (Central Provinces Mission) and then with the West India Mission at Lusadia and Kherwara. He was appointed Canon of Bombay in 1940 and retired from full service in 1950. He returned to England in 1954 after the death of his wife, Lily Compigne (nee Guilford 1884-1954), daughter of Edward Guilford, also a CMS missionary. He died in 1965.
Reference: unpublished additions to the CMS register of missionaries (men 1911-1914) in the CMS archives.

Custodial history: Deposited with the CMS in 1965; transferred to the Special Collections Department by the CMS in the 1980s.

Immediate source of acquisition:


Scope and content/abstract: This collection comprises the diaries and other miscellaneous papers of Charles and Lilian Shaw as CMS missionaries in India. The diaries of Charles Shaw comprise an unbroken series from 1912 up to 1959; the diaries of Lilian Shaw cover the two years 1914 and 1929.

System of arrangement: This collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into one series: Family Papers.


Language: English

Conditions governing access: Open Access to all registered readers.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Finding aids: A catalogue of this collection to file and item level is available in electronic format on the University of Birmingham Information Services Online Archive Catalogue. A paper copy of this catalogue is also available for consultation in the Special Collections Department reading room.


Related material: The Special Collections Department holds the Church Missionary Society Archive, the official archive of the society (GB 0150 CMS), which includes papers relating to Canon and Mrs Shaw's service as CMS missionaries.


Date(s) of descriptions: Created 4/02/2002, modified 17/09/2002


Personal names
Shaw | Charles Lawrence | 1886-1965 | Anglican clergyman and missionary

Corporate names

South Asia