Catalogue description Family papers of the Martin Leake family, of Marshall Standon including Title deeds and private correspondence,1542-1934

This record is held by Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies

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Title: Family papers of the Martin Leake family, of Marshall Standon including Title deeds and private correspondence,1542-1934

This Collection comprises the family papers and documents of a service family, descended from Stephen Martin (1702 - 1773) who inherited from his uncle (by marriage) Admiral Leake (d 1720) his name and houses at Mile End Green, Stepney and Thorpe Hall, Essex

Date: 1542-1934
Held by: Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Martin Leake family of Marshalls, Hertfordshire

Leake, Martin, family of Marshalls, Hertfordshire

Physical description: 3 Series
Immediate source of acquisition:



Deposited in August 1955

Custodial history:

The British Museum surveyed the collection before the last war and accepted certain items, in particular the Log Books of Admiral Leake.


The deeds of Thorpe Hall and of the farms in Essex inherited by Mrs Mary Martin Leake, are deposited at the Essex County Record Office

Administrative / biographical background:

This first Stephen Martin Leake was Garter King at Arms and married Anne Powell; daughter of a London brewer, who had in 1736 bought the small manor and farm of Marshalls, Standon, which Anne and all her children inherited.


John Martin Leake (1739 - 1836) the second son of this marriage, was one of the younger Pitt's' new administrators' and an important Treasury official; his wife, Mary Calvert, inherited several farms around Bishops Stortford from her Calvert and Tooke relations. They lived mainly at Old Windsor, but on the death of her elder brother, Stephen, John inherited the family property and bought out the shares of his brothers and sisters in Marshalls.


Captain William Martin Leake (1777 - 1860) explored Greece and the Levant, much of which he mapped and made famous collections of Greek inscriptions and coins, the latter passing to Cambridge University on his death. He and Captain Thain, whose papers are included, were Englands representatives in negotiations with Ali Pasha and his fellow leaders during the Napoleonic Wars and the French Invasion of the Turkish Empire; he later served in Switzerland.


Stephen Ralph Martin Leake (1782 - 1865) followed his father and became one of the founders of the Victorian Civil Service. His son, yet again Stephen (1826 - 1893) married his cousin, Isabel Stevens and was the author of many well known law text books, he died young, his widow surviving for many years and preserving a voluminous and typically Victorian correspondence with her family.


Their large family included an Admiral, the Colonel of the Cheshire Regiment, a Civil Engineer who built Indian Railways, an army doctor - Colonel Martin Leake, VC of both the Boer and Great Wars, and an aeronaut who died in a crash in 1910. Their letters home to their mother give a vivid picture of the period

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