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Talbot family of Margam

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Date: 1100-2000
History:

Sir Hugh Mansel of Scurlage Castle in Gower (Glamorganshire) acquired Penrice and Oxwich (also in Gower) c.1400 through marriage to the daughter and heir of Sir John Penrice. Beaupre in eastern Glamorganshire came with the marriage of Sir Rice Mansel (1487-1559) to the daughter and heir of James Bassett but returned to the Bassett family on the marriage of Mansel's daughter to William Bassett (d. 1593). Margam Abbey (Glamorganshire) was bought in 1540 by Sir Rice Mansel, who also purchased other Margam Abbey lands. Sir Edward Mansel, 3rd Bt (1637-1706), extended the Glamorganshire estate after 1660, purchasing the former Herbert family manors of Landimore, Reynoldston and Weobley in 1666 and the manor and borough of Kenfig in 1668. The manor of Llandough and St Mary Church passed to him c.1685 on the death of his mother-in-law Martha Bassett, daughter and heir of Edward Carne of Ewenny (Glamorganshire).

The 4th Bt, created Baron Mansell of Margam in 1712, was succeeded by his grandson Thomas Mansel (d. 1744), who was in turn succeeded by his uncle Christopher Mansel (also d. 1744) of Newick Place (Sussex), a property acquired through the 1st Baron's marriage to the daughter and heir of Francis Millington of London and Newick. The 3rd Baron had sold Glamorganshire property (Henllys, etc) to his nephew the 2nd Baron in 1732 and purchased further Newick property in 1734.

On the death in 1750 of Bussy, 4th and last Baron Mansell, the Margam and Penrice estates passed to the Revd Thomas Talbot (d. 1758) of Collingbourne (Wiltshire), whose father, John Ivory Talbot of Lacock (Wiltshire), had married Mary, daughter of the 1st Lord Mansell. The Sussex estate passed to the 4th Baron's daughter, Louisa Barbara (d. 1786), wife of George Venables-Vernon, 2nd Baron Vernon of Kinderton. Briton Ferry (Glamorganshire), which had been inherited from a distant relative, Thomas Mansel (d. 1706), also descended to Lady Vernon, before passing to her mother's relatives the Villiers family, Earls of Jersey.

Thomas Talbot was succeeded by his son Thomas Mansel Talbot (d. 1813), who married Mary Lucy Fox-Strangways, daughter of the 2nd Earl of Ilchester (see Fox-Strangways, Earls of Ilchester). Their son Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot (d. 1890) was active from c.1834 in the development of Port Talbot (Glamorganshire). Following the death in 1918 of his daughter Emily Charlotte Talbot, Margam was inherited by her nephew Andrew Mansel Talbot Fletcher of Saltoun (East Lothian), while Penrice passed to her niece Evelyn, wife of the 4th Baron Blythswood. The bulk of the Margam estate was sold in 1941.

Estates in 1883: Glamorganshire 33,920 acres, worth £44,057 a year, inclusive of the profits of lessees of mines on the estate.

Places:
  • Briton Ferry, Glamorgan
  • Carhampton, Somerset
  • Clovelly, Devon
  • Cumberworth, Lincolnshire
  • Kenfig, Glamorgan
  • Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire
  • Laleston, Glamorgan
  • Llandough, Glamorgan
  • Margam, Glamorgan
  • Marston, Wiltshire
  • Newick, Sussex
  • North Cornelly, Glamorgan
  • Oxwich, Glamorgan
  • Penkelly, Brecknockshire
  • Penrice, Glamorgan
  • Pilsdon, Dorset
Sources of authority: Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, Guide to Principal Estate and Family Collections L-W, 1999
Name authority reference: GB/NNAF/F84878 (Former ISAAR ref: GB/NNAF/F9240 )
Collections
  Description Held by Reference Further information
1
12th cent-19th cent: Glamorgan (Kenfig, Laleston, Margam, Penrice, etc) deeds, manorial records, legal and trust papers, rentals, accounts, estate, mining, industrial, household and Talbot family papers 12th-19th cent, with misc deeds and papers for Brecknockshire (Penkelly, etc), Carmarthenshire (Kidwelly, etc), Dorset (Pilsdon, etc), Devon (Clovelly, etc), Somerset (Carhampton, etc) and Sussex (Newick, etc) 13th-18th cent, Lincs (Cumberworth, etc) 12th-16th cent and Wilts (Marston, etc) 17th-18th cent, etc, Newick (Sussex) household inventory 1751 and Mansel family papers 16th-18th cent
National Library of Wales: Department of Collection Services
NRA 30000 Talbot

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [102a]
2
1851-1856: Margam (Glamorgan) estate and household wages book
National Library of Wales: Department of Collection Services
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [102b]
3
18th cent-19th cent: Glamorgan (Margam, etc) estate, mineral and industrial papers 18th-19th cent, with Margam building estimate 1760 and plan 19th cent
National Library of Wales: Department of Collection Services
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [102c]
4
1682-1942: Glamorgan (Kenfig, Margam, Penrice, etc) manorial records, rentals, accounts, estate and Talbot family corresp and papers
West Glamorgan Archive Service
NRA 7621

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [102d]
5
18th cent-20th cent: Glamorgan (Oxwich, Penrice, etc) deeds, legal papers, rentals, accounts, estate papers and papers rel to local affairs 17th-20th cent, incl Margam (Glamorgan) and Penrice household and building papers 18th cent
West Glamorgan Archive Service
NRA 39992 Talbot

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [102e]
6
1880-20th cent: Glamorgan (Penrice, etc) estate rentals and and labour accounts
West Glamorgan Archive Service
See Annual Return 2001
7
1803-1860: Glamorganshire (Margam, Penrice, etc) estate corresp
Dorset History Centre
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [40a]
8
12th cent-16th cent: Margam Abbey (Glamorgan) charters
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [102f]
9
18th cent: Briton Ferry (Glamorgan) deeds and papers
National Library of Wales: Department of Collection Services
NRA 30009 Child-Villiers
10
18th cent: misc Briton Ferry (Glamorgan) estate papers
West Glamorgan Archive Service
NRA 35776 Child-Villiers
11
19th cent-20th cent: corresp and accounts of Emily Talbot (d1918)
West Glamorgan Archive Service
See Annual Return 2000
12
20th cent: Penrice papers
West Glamorgan Archive Service
See Annual Return 2002
13
1832-1833: rental
West Glamorgan Archive Service
See Annual Return 2010
14
1942-1979: sales catalogues and annotated ordnance survey maps, formerly used as working copies by the Margam Estate
West Glamorgan Archive Service
15
1857-1886: records of the Llewellyn family of Baglan as agents for the Margam Estate: rentals
West Glamorgan Archive Service