Cameron (Vaughan-Lee) Mss concerning the Dillington Estate, Ilminster, etc
The documents catalogued below as DD/CA 1-294 were received from the Strong Room at Dillington House. Of these, DD/CA 1-186 relate to the Somerset estates, and these have been catalogued in accordance with the standard office system for final stage catalogues. DD/CA 187-294 relate to the Welsh estates (mainly Clamorgan and Brecon). These have been left in the three physical divisions in which they were found at Dillington, but have been sorted within their divisions into some semblance of archival order and briefly listed. The family's interest in the Welsh estates dates from 1868, when Vaughan Hanning Vaughan Lee inherited certain properties under the uses and limitations of the will of William Vaughan of Lanelay (died 1829). Briefly, the latter left John Edwards and Nash Vaughan Edwards as his heirs in his will, both of whom assumed the surname Vaughan. Jessie, daughter of John Edwards Vaughan, married John Lee Lee, and their son inherited in 1868 when N.V. Edwards Vaughan died without surviving issue.
The list of contents (above) indicates fairly clearly the pattern followed in making this archive arrangement, but a few additional comments are perhaps required. The title deeds and settlements, etc., of the main estate are, naturally, treated first [DD/CA 1-6] and these are followed by the documents relating to the mortgaging of estates in the 19th century [DD/CA 7-35]. Apparently after John Lee Lee succeeded on the death intestate of his father in 1834, he mortgaged the Dillington Estate to secure two sums amounting to £50,000. These sums were subsequently reduced in part and Dillington House itself was re-conveyed in 1844. After his death in 1878 a further mortgage was raised by the Trustees of his will, and the new mortgagee took over a transfer of the outstanding mortgage debt with the inclusion as a further security of about 210 acres purchased between 1837 and 1871. These purchases are represented by a series of numbered abstracts in DD/CA 9 and related bundles of deeds in DD/CA 12-34.
Among the deeds of other properties in Somerset, Devon and Dorset, and the family papers, will be found records of the family of Harvard (inherited in consequence of the marriage of Susannah, daughter of Thomas Harvard of Barrington, with John Hanning, in 1768) and of the Parker, Slee and related families (through Ann Slee, daughter of Dr. Charles Hanning and cousin of William Hanning). For these families, see the pedigree below.
Individual items worthy of particular mention are the rolls for the hundreds of Abdick and Bulstone, 1379-80, 1470-1531 [DD/CA 163], the map of the Ilminster common fields, 1798 [DD/CA 170] and the few papers relating to the inventions of Sir Goldsworthy Gurney [DD/CA 161].
As a supplement to this catalogue, the documents deposited by the family's solicitors, Messrs. Poole of South Petherton [S.R.O.ref. DD/PLE], which relate both to the Somerset and Welsh Estates, have been listed in the same way as the equivalent sections of the main deposit. Thus the Somerset records have been catalogued as [DD/CA 295-302], while the Welsh records have been merely box-listed as [DD/CA 303-334]. They remain stored with their own deposit, DD/PLE, and should be requested under the double reference mark, i.e. DD/PLE [DD/CA ......(appropriate number)].
Finally, Mr. Morgan deposited a small bundle of papers and one stray deed in 1969 (Acc. C/1817), catalogued below as DD/CA 333, 334.