Curzon, Robert, 14th Baron Zouche of Harringworth (1810 -1873)
Robert Curzon was the elder son of Robert Curzon, second son of Assheton, 1st Viscount Curzon, and his second wife, Harriet Anne Bisshop, Baroness Zouche. Educated at Charterhouse and Christ Church, Oxford, where he was admitted as a nobleman in 1828, he left in 1831, when he was elected Member of Parliament for Clitheroe, which was disenfranchised at the passing of the Reform Bill in 1832. He never stood for any other constituency. Late in 1832 he went abroad with another book collector, the Rev. Walter Sneyd and spent the winter in Rome. A famous traveller and student of manuscripts, particularly from the point of view of the handwriting, he visited Egypt and the Holy Land in 1833 and 1834, and the monasteries of Albania, and Mount Athos in 1837, and described his experiences in Visit to the monasteries in the Levant. (1849). In 1841 he was appointed attaché to the embassy at Constantinople. Afterwards, further collecting trips resulted in Armenia (1854) and Account of the most celebrated libraries in Italy (1854). In 1849 he printed fifty copies of a Catalogue of materials for writing, early writings on tablets and stones, rolled and other MSS ... and books in the library at Parham. He married, 27 August 1850, Emily Julia, third daughter of Sir Robert John Wilmot Horton, 3rd Bart of Osmaston in Derbyshire. In 1870 he succeeded his mother in the Barony of Zouche. He was a Knight of the Turkish Order of the Nishan, and of the Persian Order of the Lion and the Sun. After his death his manuscripts were deposited on loan at the British Library, and were bequeathed to that institution by Dare Curzon, Baroness Zouche who died in 1917. A selection from his library was sold in 1920.