Earls of Verulam Estate : Herts and Norfolk, 1316 - 1946
Estate, family, manorial and other papers of the family of Grimston of Gorhambury, Earls of Verulam, together with title deeds of the Norfolk, Suffolk and Oxfordshire estates and estate and family papers of the family of Weyland of Woodeaton, Oxon
This collection adds to and in some cases supplements that which was deposited with the Clerk of the Peace by Violet Lady Verulam in 1932. [See correspondence between Lady Verulam and Colonel le Hardy in D/EV/F320-1] The former deposit, calendered by Dr. Moor before deposit, was given a system of numeration by him which cannot very well be extended. Consequently, this present inventory treats the collection as a separate unit cross-referenced to the earlier one where necessary. There are also cross-references to the Historical Manuscripts Commission Report of 1906, Appendix XI Gorhambury MSS.
The Weyland family papers came with Elizabeth Joanna (or Johanna the name is spelled both ways) Weyland, wife of the second earl of Verulam. A partial pedigree of this family, deduced from Burke's Landed Gentry with additions and corrections from documents in this collection, is appended to the inventory in order to explain the relevance of many of the papers in the FAMILY section [F408-449]. The presence of the diary of the youthful adventures of Sir F.U. Graham is presumably explained by his daughter's having been the wife of the third Earl of Verulam. No easy explanation, however, offers itself for items H1, M41 and M42 being in this collection. Perhaps M41 and M42 were used by Lord Salisbury's trustees, of whom Lord Verulam was one, but this can hardly apply to eighteenth century hundred rolls from Cranborne Chase. Equally unexplained is the volume of maps [P8] of the estate of Thomas Penrice, Esq.