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Date: 1200-2000
History:

The Des Bouveries (afterwards Bouverie) family was settled in Kent in the 16th century and bought Folkestone (Kent) from Sir Basil Dixwell in 1697. Sir William Des Bouveries, son of the eminent Turkey merchant Sir Edward Des Bouveries (d. 1694), was created a baronet in 1714, his son Sir Jacob Des Bouveries raised to the peerage as Viscount Folkestone in 1747, and his grandson William (1725-76) created Earl of Radnor in 1765. Property in London (mainly Whitefriars) was acquired in the late 17th century and an estate at Southampton Buildings, Holborn (Middlesex) bought from the 2nd Duke of Montagu in 1734.

Extensive estates in Wiltshire were acquired from the late 17th century, including Longford Castle near Salisbury from the 2nd Baron Coleraine. Property formerly belonging to Sir Giles Hungerford was purchased in 1718 from the 2nd Baron Lexinton, to whom it had passed through his marriage to Hungerford's daughter, Mary (d. 1703). This included Corsham, Coulston and Stanton St Quintin (Wiltshire) and Pucklechurch (Gloucestershire). By the marriage of the 2nd Earl (1750-1828) to Anne, daughter and heir of Anthony Duncombe (d. 1763), Baron Feversham of Downton (Wiltshire), further Wiltshire estates (Downton, Urchfont, etc) were acquired, together with property, subsequently disposed of, in other counties. The Wiltshire properties were extended by piecemeal purchases in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Estates in Berkshire (Coleshill, Shrivenham and Watchfield), Gloucestershire (Duntisborne Abbots, Ampney Crucis) and Wiltshire (Lyneham, etc) passed to the 2nd Earl in 1768 from his maternal grandfather Sir Mark-Stuart Pleydell, who had inherited Pleydell family property from his grandfather Thomas Pleydell of Shrivenham and the Coleshill estate from his grandmother Mary Pleydell, heiress of Sir Henry Pratt (who had purchased Coleshill in 1626). A Barbados sugar plantation and an estate in Ermington (Devon), inherited by Sir Mark-Stuart Pleydell's wife Mary from Colonel Robert Steuart, were apparently sold in the late 18th century.

In 1889 the Coleshill (Berkshire) estate, which had previously descended with the other family property, devolved upon Duncombe Pleydell-Bouverie, brother of the 5th Earl; it was sold at the end of the Second World War. The Delapré Abbey (Northamptonshire) estate, acquired with property in East and West Ham (Essex) by the 1st Viscount Folkestone's marriage to Mary, heir of Bartholomew Clarke (d. 1746), descended to a younger brother of the 1st Earl. (The records of the Hungerford family of Farleigh Hungerford (Somerset) included in the collection are thought to have passed to the Earl of Radnor through the St John-Mildmay family of Dogmersfield (Hampshire), the 3rd Earl having married Anne St John-Mildmay in 1814.)

Estates in 1883: Wilts 17,000 acres, Berks 4,334 acres, Kent 3,266 acres, Gloucs 270 acres, total 24,870 acres worth £42,900 a year. (The metropolitan property is excluded.)

Places:
  • Alderbury, Wiltshire
  • Coleshill, Berkshire
  • Corston, Wiltshire
  • Coulsdon, Surrey
  • Downton, Wiltshire
  • Duntisborne Abbots, Gloucestershire
  • East Ham, Essex
  • Ermington, Devon
  • Folkestone, Kent
  • Great Coxwell, Berkshire
  • Hambledon, Surrey
  • Holborn, Middlesex
  • Longford Castle, Wiltshire
  • Lyneham, Wiltshire
  • Pucklechurch, Gloucestershire
  • Terlingham, Kent
  • West Ham, Essex
  • Whitefriars, London
Sources of authority: Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, Principal family and estate collections L-Z, 1999.
Name authority reference: GB/NNAF/F85520 (Former ISAAR ref: GB/NNAF/F5955 )
Collections
  Description Held by Reference Further information
1
13th cent-20th cent: Wilts (Longford Castle, Downton, etc), Gloucs (Pucklechurch, etc) and London (Holborn, etc) deeds, family and estate papers, with deeds and papers for Essex, Hants, Kent (Folkestone, etc), Surrey, etc
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre
NRA 17343 Pleydell-Bouverie

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [85a]
2
17th cent-20th cent: Wilts (Longford Castle, etc), Gloucs (Pucklechurch, etc) and Kent (Folkestone, etc) estate and Pleydell-Bouverie family papers
Collection held privately: enquiries to Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre
NRA 38433 Pleydell-Bouverie

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [85b]
3
1496-1877: Wilts (Downton, Corston, etc) manorial records
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre
NRA 17343 Pleydell-Bouverie

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [85c]
4
c18th cent-1820: Wilts, etc, estate surveys (Earl of Radnor's estates) 18th cent, 1810, c1820
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre
NRA 1335 Wilts Soc

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [85d]
5
17th cent-early 18th cent: Wilts (Salisbury) copy charters and related papers
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [85e]
6
1781-2000: additional estate maps and corresp
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre
See Annual Return 2004
7
1643-1773: misc Wilts (Longford Castle, etc) deeds and papers
Kent History and Library Centre
NRA 4712 Pleydell-Bouverie

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [85j]
8
16th cent-20th cent: Wilts (Lyneham, etc), Berks (Coleshill, etc) and Gloucs (Duntisborne Abbots, etc) deeds, family and estate papers, with misc deeds and papers for Devon (Ermington), London, etc
Berkshire Record Office
NRA 5476 Pleydell-Bouverie

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [85f]
9
18th cent-19th cent: Berks (Coleshill, etc) deeds and papers 18th-19th cent, incl lieutenancy papers of the 2nd Earl 1794-1815
Berkshire Record Office
NRA 5476 Pleydell-Bouverie

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [85g]
10
1753: Berks, etc, survey book (Sir Mark-Stuart Pleydell's estates)
Berkshire Record Office
NRA 5476 Pleydell-Bouverie

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [85h]
11
1883-1945: misc Berks (Coleshill, etc) deeds and trust papers 1883-1945, incl marriage settlement of Duncombe Pleydell-Bouverie 1883
Berkshire Record Office
NRA 5476 Pleydell-Bouverie

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [85i]
12
16th cent-20th cent: Gloucs (Pucklechurch, etc) deeds and estate papers
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre
NRA 17343 Pleydell-Bouverie

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [85a]
13
17th cent-20th cent: Gloucs (Pucklechurch, etc) estate papers
Collection held privately: enquiries to Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre
NRA 38433 Pleydell-Bouverie

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [85b]
14
16th cent-19th cent: misc Gloucs (Duntisborne Abbots, Pucklechuch, etc) deeds and estate papers 16th-19th cent, incl Pucklechurch rentals and accounts 1840-68
Berkshire Record Office
NRA 5476 Pleydell-Bouverie

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [85f]
15
c14th cent-17th cent: misc Essex (East and West Ham) deeds c14th-17th cent and vouchers 16th cent
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre
NRA 17343 Pleydell-Bouverie

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [85a]
16
c1690-1718: misc Essex estate accounts
Kent History and Library Centre
NRA 4712 Pleydell-Bouverie

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [85j]
17
18th cent-20th cent: misc Kent (Folkestone, etc) deeds and estate papers
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre
NRA 17343 Pleydell-Bouverie

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [85a]
18
17th cent-20th cent: Kent (Folkestone, etc) estate papers
Collection held privately: enquiries to Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre
NRA 38433 Pleydell-Bouverie

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [85b]
19
18th cent-19th cent: misc Kent (Folkestone, etc) estate papers
Berkshire Record Office
NRA 5476 Pleydell-Bouverie

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [85f]
20
1280-1900: Kent (Folkestone, etc) deeds, manorial records and estate papers, with misc deeds and papers for Essex, Gloucs, London and Wilts, etc
Kent History and Library Centre
NRA 4712 Pleydell-Bouverie

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [85j]
21
1825-1935: misc Folkestone (Kent) deeds and papers
Kent History and Library Centre
NRA 38490 Pleydell-Bouverie

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [85k]
22
17th cent-20th cent: London (Southampton Buildings, Holborn, etc) deeds and estate papers
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre
NRA 17343 Pleydell-Bouverie

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [85a]
23
1732: London estate accounts
Collection held privately: enquiries to Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre
NRA 38433 Pleydell-Bouverie

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [85b]
24
1841-1858: London estate rental 1675 and Holborn estate papers 1841-58
Berkshire Record Office
NRA 5476 Pleydell-Bouverie

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [85f]
25
c1690-1734: London estate accounts c1690-1718 and Southampton Buildings valuation 1734
Kent History and Library Centre
NRA 4712 Pleydell-Bouverie

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [85j]
26
1763, 19th cent: Hambledon (Surrey) field book 1763, with Coulsdon (Surrey) plan 19th cent
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre
NRA 17343 Pleydell-Bouverie

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [85a]
27
1834-1835: 3rd Earl of Radnor's papers rel to subscription to the Thirty-Nine Articles at Oxford University
Pusey House Library
NRA 30608 Pleydell-Bouverie

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [85l]
28
18th cent-19th cent: misc Pleydell-Bouverie family papers
Wigan Archives and Local Studies
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [85m]
29
1824-1837: misc Pleydell-Bouverie family trust papers
Kent History and Library Centre
NRA 17144
30
1600-1999: Kent (Folkestone) estate papers, Wilts (Longford Castle etc) estate and household records, game and cellar books, Berks (Coleshill) corresp and accounts, family corresp and trust papers
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre
See Annual Return 2010
31
additional household and estate material from Longford Castle (Boxes 9, 33, 35, 46, 61, and 113) transferred for cataloguing
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre
See Annual Return 2011

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