Martin Stewart (1852-1925) was educated at Rossall school and was a medical student at Queen’s College Birmingham before matriculating at St John’s College in 1872, achieving first class in natural sciences in 1875. He was awarded an LLB in 1877, and MA and LLM in 1879. He practised as a solicitor at Chester. He died at Exmouth in 1925.
Martin Stewart compiled this list of the members of the House of Lords in their order of precedence as a schoolboy. The volume begins with a table of contents listing 104 peers. Each entry is headed with a hand-coloured coat of arms, and contains brief biographical details. Some individual entries are incomplete, and the listing stops completely at entry 49.
One volume, 230 x 192 mm. Quarter-leather notebook of unlined paper with marbled boards, 54 unnumbered folios. The last 27 leaves are blank, save for small pencil notes at the foot to indicate which peer would have been on that page had the work been completed. Single neat legible hand throughout, with coloured illustrations. Accompanied by a hand-sewn unbound notebook of 12 leaves, 228 x 92 mm, labelled ‘The Roll of The House of Lords. 1865’, in the same hand, mostly in ink with some pencil notes. Presented by Hugh Martin Stewart, grandson of Martin Stewart, in 2012.