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Date: 1200-2000
History:

By the early 18th century the Wyndham family of Orchard Wyndham (Somerset) had extensive estates in Somerset and Devon (see Wyndham of Orchard Wyndham). Sir William Wyndham, 3rd Bt (d. 1740), married in 1708 Katherine, a daughter of the 6th Duke of Somerset. In 1750 their elder son Sir Charles Wyndham, 4th Bt (1710-63), succeeded his uncle, the 7th Duke, as 2nd Earl of Egremont, inheriting the former Percy estates in Sussex, Yorkshire and Cumberland (see Percy, Dukes of Northumberland), and making Petworth (Sussex) his principal seat. He was succeeded as 3rd Earl in 1763 by his son George O’Brien Wyndham (1751-1837).

In 1774 the 3rd Earl inherited the estates of his uncle Percy Wyndham, Earl of Thomond, including the ancestral Irish estates of the earls of Thomond principally in Counties Clare and Limerick, together with property in Essex (Shortgrove), Cambridgeshire (Ickleton), Somerset and elsewhere. These estates had descended to Percy Wyndham (for whom the earldom of Thomond was revived in 1756) through his aunt Elizabeth, another daughter of the 6th Duke of Somerset, who had in 1707 married Henry O’Brien, 7th Earl of Thomond (d. 1741).

The 3rd Earl of Egremont also enlarged the Sussex estates by purchase, and acquired land in Surrey and Hampshire (sold by the late 19th century) and Middlesex (Hurlingham, acquired for his wife in 1807 but sold after her death in 1822). He died without legitimate issue in 1837, when the Wyndham estates descended to his nephew George O'Brien Wyndham, 4th Earl of Egremont (see Wyndham of Orchard Wyndham). The Sussex, Yorkshire and Irish estates, however, passed to his eldest natural son George Wyndham, created Baron Leconfield in 1859, and the Cumberland estates to his second son Henry. On Henry's death in 1860 the Cumberland estates were inherited by Lord Leconfield. John Wyndham (1920-72), created Baron Egremont in 1963, succeeded his father as 6th Baron Leconfield in 1967.

Estates in 1883: Sussex 30,221 acres, Yorks ER 13,247 acres, Cumberland 11,147 acres, Yorks NR 7,643 acres, Yorks WR 3,843 acres, Co Clare 37,292 acres, Co Limerick 6,269 acres, Co Tipperary 273 acres, total 109,935 acres worth £88,112 a year.

Places:
  • Ballybought, County Tipperary
  • Binsted Popham, Hampshire
  • Bondleigh, Devon
  • Caldbeck, Cumberland
  • Catton, Yorkshire
  • Coates, Sussex
  • Cockermouth, Cumberland
  • Duncton, Sussex
  • Egremont, Cumberland
  • Ely, Cambridgeshire
  • Ennis, County Clare
  • Erebole, County Clare
  • Godalming, Surrey
  • Ibricane, County Clare
  • Ickleton, Cambridgeshire
  • Leconfield, Yorkshire
  • London
  • Mappowder, Dorset
  • Mere, Wiltshire
  • Much Cowarne, Herefordshire
  • Orchard Wyndham, Somerset
  • Pallingham, Sussex
  • Petworth, Sussex
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire
  • Shortgrove, Essex
  • Tillington, Sussex
  • Topcliffe, Yorkshire
  • Upwaltham, Sussex
  • Watchet, Somerset
  • Wressell, Yorkshire
  • Calverton, Buckinghamshire
Sources of authority: Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, Guide to Principal Estate and Family Collections L-W, 1999.
Name authority reference: GB/NNAF/F89079 (Former ISAAR ref: GB/NNAF/F10853 )
Collections
  Description Held by Reference Further information
1
13th cent-20th cent: Sussex (Duncton, Pallingham, Petworth, etc) and Yorks (Catton, Leconfield, Topcliffe, etc) deeds, legal and trust papers, manorial records, rentals, accounts, estate corresp and papers and Wyndham family papers 13th-20th cent and Irish (Co Clare, Co Limerick and Co Tipperary) deeds, rentals, accounts and estate papers 16th-20th cent, with deeds and estate papers for Cumberland (Cockermouth, etc), Essex (Shortgrove), Hants, London (Hurlingham, etc) and Northants and records of Petworth House (Sussex) and Egremont House (London) 16th-20th cent, misc Cambs (Ickleton) and Surrey (Godalming, etc) estate papers 16th-19th cent, Much Cowarne (Herefs) estate papers 1857-75 and papers rel to the estates and families of Boyle (Earls of Orrery), O'Brien (Earls of Thomond), Percy (Earls of Northumberland), Seymour (Dukes of Somerset) and Wyndham of Orchard Wyndham 15th-19th cent
Collection held privately: enquiries to West Sussex Record Office
NRA 15719 Wyndham (Petworth)

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [117a]
2
1875-1907: Coates and Up Waltham (Sussex) school records (formerly at Petworth)
West Sussex Record Office
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [117b]
3
13th cent-20th cent: Cumberland (Cockermouth, Caldbeck, Egremont, etc) deeds, legal papers, manorial records, rentals, accounts, estate, mining and household papers 13th-20th cent, Yorks (Catton, Topcliffe, Wressell, etc) estate accounts and papers 17th-20th cent and Wyndham family papers mainly 18th-19th cent, with records of the estates of the Nevill (Barons Latimer) and Percy (Earls of Northumberland) families 15th-18th cent
Collection held privately: enquiries to The National Archives, Archives Sector Development
NRA 12202 Wyndham

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [117d]
4
1693-1875: Cockermouth and Egremont (Cumberland) coroners records
Cumbria Archive and Local Studies Centre, Whitehaven
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [117e]
5
15th cent-20th cent: Cumberland (Cockermouth, Egremont, etc) deeds, legal, manorial and estate papers
Cumbria Archive Centre, Carlisle
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [117f]
6
1764, 1779: misc Cumberland (Cockermouth, etc), Somerset (Orchard Wyndham, etc) and Wilts (Mere) estate accounts
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre
NRA 32135 Seymour

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [92a]
7
1859-1941: estate records for Calverton, Bucks, incl rent accounts and sale catalogues
Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies
See Annual Return 2016
8
1325, 16th cent-19th cent: Somerset (Watchet, etc) deeds and estate papers 1325, 16th-19th cent, with Devon (Bondleigh, etc), Dorset (Mappowder, etc) and Hants (Binsted Popham) manorial accounts 1593-1636, Salisbury (Wilts) surveys 1590, 1606, etc (Wyndham of Orchard Wyndham estate papers, formerly at Petworth)
Somerset Heritage Centre (South West Heritage Trust)
NRA 1199 Wyndham

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [117c]
9
1835-1840: Yorks (Wressell, etc) estate papers
Somerset Heritage Centre (South West Heritage Trust)
NRA 1199 Wyndham

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [118a]
10
1846-1917: Co Clare (Ennis, etc) and Co Limerick rentals and accounts
National Archives of Ireland
NRA 29976 Wyndham

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [117g]
11
1620-1699: Boyle family papers (formerly at Petworth)
National Library of Ireland
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [117i]
12
13th cent-17th cent: misc Wyndham family collected papers 13th-17th cent, incl register of Ely Priory (Cambs) 13th-15th cent, map of and report on Dover harbour 1552, etc
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [117j]
13
1636-1637: papers of the 10th Earl of Northumberland (1602-1668) as Lord High Admiral
National Maritime Museum: The Caird Library and Archive
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [117h]
14
c1761-1763: papers of the 2nd Earl of Egremont as Secretary of State
The National Archives
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [117k]
15
1835: map and terrier of Rogate estate
West Sussex Record Office
See Annual Return 2008

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