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Shirley, family of Ettington

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Date: 1100-2000
History:

The Shirley family of Ettington (Warwickshire) descended from Robert Shirley, 1st Earl Ferrers and his second wife Selina, daughter of the London merchant George Finch (see Shirley, Earls Ferrers). Robert Shirley, the eldest son of this marriage, received the ancestral family estate of Ettington in tail male. This passed on his death without issue in 1738 to his next brother George Shirley (d. 1787). The County Monaghan estate, however, consisting of a moiety of the barony of Farney, inherited from Robert Devereux, 3rd Earl of Essex (for whom see also Thynne, Marquesses of Bath), was divided equally between the four sons of the second marriage. These portions were united in the possession of George Shirley following the childless deaths of his younger brothers in 1765 and 1768; some Irish property was sold c.1789-90. The Warwickshire and County Monaghan estates descended together to the heirs of George Shirley. Property in Middlesex, including a mansion at Twickenham, was settled on Robert Shirley (d. 1738) by his father but this seems to have been disposed of by the early 19th century. A quantity of papers of the Shirley family was collected by Evelyn Philip Shirley, an antiquarian member of the Ettington branch, from Staunton Harold and transferred to Ettington about 1830.

Estates in 1883: Warwicks 1,769 acres, Worcs 605 acres, Co Monaghan 26,386 acres, total 28,760 acres worth £23,744 a year.

Places:
  • Carrickmacross, County Monaghan
  • Ettington, Warwickshire
  • Farney, County Monaghan
  • Harrow, Middlesex
  • Hendon, Middlesex
  • Lough Fea, County Monaghan
  • Twickenham, Middlesex
Sources of authority: Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, Guide to Principal Estate and Family Collections L-W, 1999
Name authority reference: GB/NNAF/F83104 (Former ISAAR ref: GB/NNAF/F4965 )
Collections
  Description Held by Reference Further information
1
13th cent-1934: Warwicks (Ettington, etc) deeds, family and estate papers 13th-1934 cent and Co Monaghan (Lough Fea, etc) deeds and papers 17th-19th cent, with papers rel to the Shirley Earls Ferrers, the Stanhope Earls of Chesterfield, etc
Warwickshire County Record Office
NRA 17508 Shirley

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [94a]
2
18th cent-20th cent: misc Warwicks (Ettington, etc) estate papers
Warwickshire County Record Office
NRA 3519 Warwicks RO misc

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [94b]
3
c12th cent-18th cent: misc Warwicks (Ettington, etc) deeds and papers
Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland, Record Office for
NRA 874 Shirley

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [93a]
4
1720: Warwicks (Ettington, etc) rental
Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland, Record Office for
NRA 874 Shirley

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [93d]
5
1600-1840: misc Middlesex (Hendon, etc) deeds and papers
Warwickshire County Record Office
NRA 17508 Shirley

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [94a]
6
17th cent-20th cent: Co Monaghan (Lough Fea, etc) deeds, family and estate papers
Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)
NRA 25608 Shirley

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [94c]
7
16th cent-19th cent: Shirley family, literary and misc papers
Collection held privately: enquiries to The National Archives, Archives Sector Development
NRA 7573 Shirley

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [94d]
8
1200-1934: Warwicks (Ettington, etc) deeds, family and estate papers 13th-1934 cent and Co Monaghan (Lough Fea, etc) deeds and papers 17th-19th cent, with papers rel to the Shirley Earls Ferrers, the Stanhope Earls of Chesterfield, etc
Warwickshire County Record Office
NRA 17508 Shirley
9
1887-1912: Ettington estate accounts
Warwickshire County Record Office
NRA 17508 Shirley

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