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Capell, family, Earls of Essex

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Date: 1100-2000
History:

Sir William Capell (d. 1515), a London merchant, acquired estates in west Essex and east Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Somerset. Further Somerset estates were acquired through the marriage of his son, Sir Giles Capell (d. 1555/6). Arthur Capell (d. 1649), created Baron Capell in 1641, married in 1627 Elizabeth Morrison of Cassiobury (Hertfordshire), which became the family's principal seat. She also brought, through her mother Elizabeth, younger daughter of the 1st Viscount Campden, former Hicks properties in Warwickshire (Ilmington) and Gloucestershire (Tewkesbury and Cheltenham). (Other Hicks estates descended to the Noel family, Earls of Gainsborough). The 2nd Baron Capell was created Earl of Essex in 1661. Many Capell and Hicks family lands were sold in the later 17th and 18th centuries. Through the marriage of the 4th Earl of Essex in 1754, however, the Capells inherited estates in Warwickshire (Shuttington), Herefordshire (Hampton Court, sold in 1808) and Ireland (Roscommon, Meath etc.) from the Coningsby family.

Estates in 1883: 5,545 acres in Hertfordshire; 3,090 acres in Essex; 690 acres in Warwickshire; 2,906 acres in Roscommon; 1,303 acres in Meath; 678 acres in Wicklow; 658 acres in Co. Dublin; worth a total of £18,936 a year.

Places:
  • Aust, Gloucestershire
  • Cassiobury, Hertfordshire
  • Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
  • Child Okeford, Dorset
  • Chillington, Devon
  • Great Fransham, Norfolk
  • Hampton Court, Herefordshire
  • Icklingham, Suffolk
  • Ilmington, Warwickshire
  • Little Fransham, Norfolk
  • Roscommon, County Roscommon
  • Shuttington, Warwickshire
  • Stebbing, Essex
  • Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire
  • Trim, County Meath
  • Ubley, Somerset
  • Wrington, Somerset
Sources of authority: Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996, p. 23
Name authority reference: GB/NNAF/F86034 (Former ISAAR ref: GB/NNAF/F3467 )
Collections
  Description Held by Reference Further information
1
13th cent-19th cent: Herts and Essex deeds, family and estate papers 13th-19th cent and deeds and papers for Gloucs, Norfolk and Suffolk, etc, 16th-18th cent
Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies
NRA 7244 Capell

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [16a]
2
15th cent-20th cent: Herts, Essex, Gloucs, Herefs, Norfolk, Suffolk, Warwicks and Irish deeds, manorial records and estate papers
Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies
NRA 7244 Capell

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [16b]
3
1726-1834: misc Herts manorial records 1728-96 and Capell family marriage settlements and misc papers 1777-1834
Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [16c]
4
1674, 1798: Herts and Essex estate surveys
Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [16d]
5
c1515: cartulary of Sir William Capell
Essex Record Office
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [16e]
6
1641, 1805-1921: Cassiobury visitors' books and misc family papers 1805-1921, with patent 1641
Watford Museum
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [16f]
7
1579: Herts estate accounts of Henry Capell
British Library, Manuscript Collections
8
12th cent-19th cent: Herts, Essex, Gloucs and Somerset, etc, deeds and estate papers and Capell and Morrison family papers
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [16g]
9
13th cent-17th cent: Herts deeds and papers
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [16g]
10
1617-1808: Cheltenham (Gloucs) manorial and estate papers
The National Archives
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [16o]
11
1724-1802: misc Herefs (Hampton Court) deeds and papers
Herefordshire Archive and Records Centre
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [16n]
12
14th cent-18th cent: Norfolk (Great and Little Fransham, etc) and Suffolk (Icklingham) manorial records and leases
Norfolk Record Office
NRA 30577 Capell

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [16i]
13
14th cent-16th cent: Norfolk (Great and Little Fransham, etc) deeds, manorial records and estate papers
Norfolk Record Office
NRA 4638 Fransham

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [16j]
14
13th cent-18th cent: misc Somerset deeds and estate papers and manorial records for Somerset (Ubley, etc), Devon (Chillington), Dorset (Child Okeford) and Gloucs (Aust)
Somerset Heritage Centre (South West Heritage Trust)
NRA 35090

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [16l]
15
15th cent-17th cent: Somerset (Wrington, etc) manorial records
Somerset Heritage Centre (South West Heritage Trust)
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [16m]
16
1550-1557: accounts of John Elcock as receiver for Sir Henry Capell of Ubley (Somerset)
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [16h]
17
1542-1543: Bramfield (Suffolk) manorial court roll
Suffolk Record Office, Ipswich Branch
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [16k]
18
1672-1677: Irish lieutenancy papers of the 1st Earl of Essex
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [16p]

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