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  • The Royal Institution of Cornwall holds Research Library of printed books relating to Cornish history; 19th-20th original newspaper files and photographs; maps; c30,000 documents (13th-20th C) relating to Cornish families and estates; various subject indexes e.g. Coroners' Inquests (19th C) and RIC annual journal published since 1864
  • Reprographics: Restricted photocopying, photographs, print-outs
  • ARCHON code: 22

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    Families (38)

    • Arundell, family, Barons Arundell of Wardour Wardour Castle, Wiltshire;Lanherne, Cornwall;Hemyock, Devon;Chideock, Dorset;Ringwood, Hampshire;Irnham, Lincolnshire;South Petherton, Somerset
    • Basset family, formerly of Tehidy Tehidy, Cornwall;Bodmin, Cornwall;Camborne, Cornwall;Illogan, Cornwall;Perranarworthal, Cornwall;Tywardreath, Cornwall
    • Borlase family of Pendeen Pendeen, Cornwall;Madron, Cornwall;Morvah, Cornwall;St Just in Penwith, Cornwall;Sancreed, Cornwall
    • Boscawen family, Viscounts Falmouth Tregothnan, Cornwall;Thatcham, Berkshire;Woolhampton, Berkshire;Feock, Cornwall;Kenwyn, Cornwall;St Penkivel, Cornwall;Probus, Cornwall;St Mabyn, Cornwall;Mereworth, Kent
    • Buller family of Downes Downes, Devon;Gwinear, Cornwall;Lostwithiel, Cornwall;Pelynt, Cornwall;Redruth, Cornwall;Shillingham, Cornwall;Aylesbeare, Devon;Crediton, Devon;Exeter St Thomas, Devon
    • Buller family of Morval Morval, Cornwall;East Looe, Cornwall;West Looe, Cornwall;Pelynt, Cornwall;Saltash, Cornwall;Isleham, Cambridgeshire;King's Nympton, Devon;Isle Of Thanet, Kent;Banwell, Somerset;Street Marshall, Montgomeryshire
    • Marwood-Elton family of Widworthy Widworthy, Devon;Colyton, Devon;Offwell, Devon;Stockland, Devon;Avishayes, Somerset;Chaffcombe, Somerset;Dundry, Somerset;Littleton, Somerset;Trowbridge, Wiltshire
    • Fortescue family of Boconnoc Boconnoc, Cornwall;Bodmin, Cornwall;Camborne, Cornwall;Illogan, Cornwall;Lanteglos By Fowey, Cornwall;St Teath, Cornwall
    • Glanville, family of Catchfrench Catchfrench, Cornwall
    • Granville family, Earls of Bath Kilkhampton, Cornwall;Morwenstow, Cornwall;Stratton, Cornwall;Bideford, Devon;Kenton, Devon;Ballytramon, County Wexford
    • Grenville, family, Dukes of Buckingham Shaw, Berkshire;Biddlesden, Buckinghamshire;Dorton, Buckinghamshire;Foscott, Buckinghamshire;Nether Winchendon, Buckinghamshire;Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire;Stowe, Buckinghamshire;Westbury, Buckinghamshire;Wotton Underwood, Buckinghamshire;Mevagissey, Cornwall;St Mawes, Cornwall;Crich, Derbyshire;Eyam, Derbyshire;Tarrant Gunville, Dorset;Tarrant Rushton, Dorset;Bocking, Essex;Gosfield, Essex;Adlestrop, Gloucestershire;Longborough, Gloucestershire;Andover, Hampshire;Avington, Hampshire;Hope, Jamaica;East Wellow, Hampshire;Wilton, Herefordshire;Godmersham, Kent;Lutterworth, Leicestershire;Middleton, Jamaica;Canons Park, Middlesex;Edmonton, Middlesex;Enfield, Middlesex;Little Stanmore, Middlesex;Stanmore, Middlesex;Westminster, Middlesex;Whetstone, Middlesex;Wappenham, Northamptonshire;Whittlebury, Northamptonshire;Finmere, Oxfordshire;Kidlington, Oxfordshire;Keynsham, Somerset;Wedmore, Somerset;Steyning, Sussex;Burton Dassett, Warwickshire;West Wellow, Wiltshire;Bedale, Yorkshire;Boughrood, Radnorshire;Llanstephen, Radnorshire;Auchlyne, Perthshire;Villierstown, County Waterford
    • Grosse family of Golden Golden, Cornwall;Grampound, Cornwall;Gulval, Cornwall;Probus, Cornwall;Madron, Cornwall
    • Grylls family of St Neot St Neot, Cornwall;Breage, Cornwall;Helston, Cornwall;Lanreath, Cornwall;Lewarne, Cornwall
    • Gully family of Tresillian Tresillian, Cornwall;St Columb Major, Cornwall;Newlyn, Cornwall;Sheviock, Cornwall
    • Haweis family of Killiow Killiow, Cornwall;Kea, Cornwall
    • Hawkins family of Trewithen Trewithen, Cornwall;St Austell, Cornwall;Grampound, Cornwall;St Mewan, Cornwall;Newlyn, Cornwall;Hidcote Bartrim, Gloucestershire;Bignor, Sussex
    • Hope, Pelham-Clinton- family, Dukes of Newcastle Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire;Outseats, Derbyshire;Dorchester, Dorset;Hawling, Gloucestershire;Damerham, Hampshire;Baumber, Lincolnshire;Irby upon Humber, Lincolnshire;Clare Market, London;Balderton, Nottinghamshire;Clumber, Nottinghamshire;Haughton, Nottinghamshire;Newark, Nottinghamshire;Worksop, Nottinghamshire;Yoxall, Staffordshire;Byfleet, Surrey;Deepdene, Surrey;Oatlands, Surrey;Weybridge, Surrey;Ifield, Sussex;Knightcote, Warwickshire;Aldborough, Yorkshire;Boroughbridge, Yorkshire;Hafod, Cardiganshire;Carrickfergus, County Antrim;Castleblayney, County Monaghan
    • Johnstone, family of Bignor Park and Trewithen Trewithen, Cornwall;Probus, Cornwall;Bignor, Gloucestershire
    • Kendall family of Lanlivery Lanlivery, Cornwall
    • Lemon family, baronets, of Carclew Carclew, Cornwall;Mylor, Cornwall;Penryn, Cornwall;St Anthony In Meneage, Cornwall;Truro, Cornwall
    • Mohun family, Barons Mohun of Okehampton Boconnoc, Cornwall;Bodmin, Cornwall;Lanteglos By Fowey, Cornwall
    • Morice family, baronets, of Werrington Werrington, Devon;Launceston, Cornwall;Bradworthy, Devon;West Putford, Devon;Wood Walton, Huntingdonshire;Wiggenhall St German, Norfolk
    • Nugent family of St Mawes St Mawes, Cornwall;Gwennap, Cornwall;Mevagissey, Cornwall
    • Osborne, family, Dukes of Leeds Baylies, Buckinghamshire;Farnham Royal, Buckinghamshire;Quainton, Buckinghamshire;Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire;Wexham, Buckinghamshire;Wingrave, Buckinghamshire;Gog Magog Hills, Cambridgeshire;Stapleford, Cambridgeshire;Godolphin, Cornwall;Helford, Cornwall;Helston, Cornwall;Penrhyn, Cornwall;Penventon, Cornwall;Parsloes, Essex;Aldbury, Hertfordshire;North Mimms, Hertfordshire;Tring, Hertfordshire;London;Holborn, Middlesex;Syon Hill, Middlesex;Westminster, Middlesex;East Dereham, Norfolk;Kingston, Nottinghamshire;Abertanat, Shropshire;Newmarket, Suffolk;Wimbledon, Surrey;Barnsley, Yorkshire;Conisbrough, Yorkshire;Harthill with Woodall, Yorkshire;Hornby, Yorkshire;Kiveton Park, Yorkshire;Lindrick, Yorkshire;North Anston, Yorkshire;Seamer in Pickering Lythe Wapentake, Yorkshire;South Anston, Yorkshire;Thorpe Salvin, Yorkshire;Todwick, Yorkshire;Wakefield, Yorkshire;Wales, Yorkshire;Tanyllwyn, Denbighshire;Broniarth, Montgomeryshire;Mar Lodge, Aberdeenshire;Invereshie, Inverness-shire;Scilly Isles
    • Paynter family of Boskenna Boskenna, Cornwall;St Columb Major, Cornwall;Egloshayle, Cornwall
    • Pelham, family, Earls of Chichester Preston Candover, Hampshire;Garthorpe, Leicestershire;Rockingham, Northamptonshire;Claremont Park, Surrey;Esher, Surrey;Falmer, Sussex;Halland, Sussex;Hastings, Sussex;Laughton, Sussex;Lindfield, Sussex;South Malling, Sussex;Stanmer, Sussex;Kippax, Yorkshire
    • Pendarves family of Pendarves Pendarves, Cornwall;Camborne, Cornwall;St Erme, Cornwall;Probus, Cornwall;Mappowder, Dorset;Martock, Somerset
    • Rashleigh family of Menabilly Menabilly, Cornwall;St Austell, Cornwall;St Enoder, Cornwall;Fowey, Cornwall;St Keyne, Cornwall;Lanyon, Cornwall;Luxulyan, Cornwall;Probus, Cornwall;Tywardreath, Cornwall;Plymstock, Devon;Wickham, Hampshire;Lissadrone, County Mayo
    • Reskymer family of Roskymer, Mawgan in Meneage Roskymer, Cornwall;Mawgan In Meneage, Cornwall
    • Agar-Robartes family, Viscounts Clifden Bodmin, Cornwall;Feock, Cornwall;Kenwyn, Cornwall;Lanhydrock, Cornwall;Lanlivery, Cornwall;St Winnow, Cornwall;Wimpole, Cambridgeshire;Mollington, Cheshire;London;Gowran, County Kilkenny
    • Robartes family, Earls of Radnor Lanhydrock, Cornwall;Penryn, Cornwall
    • Molesworth-St Aubyn family, baronets, of Pencarrow Pencarrow, Cornwall;Clowance, Cornwall;Crowan, Cornwall;Egloshayle, Cornwall;St Kew, Cornwall;Tetcott, Devon;Bermondsey, Surrey
    • St Aubyn family, baronets, of Clowance Clowance, Cornwall;St Columb, Cornwall;Crowan, Cornwall;St Michael's Mount, Cornwall;Devonport, Devon;Stoke Damerel, Devon
    • Salusbury-Trelawny family, baronets, of Trelawne Trelawne, Cornwall;East Looe, Cornwall;Pelynt, Cornwall;St Keverne, Cornwall;West Looe, Cornwall
    • Tremayne family of Carclew Carclew, Cornwall;St Anthony In Meneage, Cornwall;Kenwyn, Cornwall;Mylor, Cornwall;Penryn, Cornwall;Truro, Cornwall
    • Tremayne family of Morval Morval, Cornwall;East Looe, Cornwall;West Looe, Cornwall;Pelynt, Cornwall;Saltash, Cornwall
    • Vincent family of Truro Truro, Cornwall;St Mawes, Cornwall
    • Willyams family of Carnanton Carnanton, Cornwall;Camborne, Cornwall;St Columb Major, Cornwall;Kenwyn, Cornwall;Mawgan In Pydar, Cornwall

    Paper catalogues available to view at The National Archives - (10)

    • NRA 39435 Gilbert Hunter Doble, vicar of Wendron: diaries
    • NRA 1166 Charles Henderson: Cornish historical collection link to online catalogue
    • NRA 32406 Molesworth-St Aubyn family, baronets, of Pencarrow: deeds and papers
    • NRA 37909 Osborne family, Dukes of Leeds: Cornish estate papers
    • NRA 42643 Royal Institution of Cornwall: misc accessions
    • NRA 38757 Royal Institution of Cornwall: MS collection
    • NRA 9188 Royal Institution of Cornwall: scientific MSS
    • NRA 32405 Salusbury-Trelawny family, baronets, of Trelawne: estate papers
    • NRA 39436 William Hart Smith, rector of St Peters, Bedford: diaries
    • NRA 1139 Christopher Wallis, lawyer, Helston: journals


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