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Montagu, family, Dukes of Manchester

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Date: 1200-2000
History:

Henry Montagu (c.1563-1642), third son of Sir Edward Montagu of Boughton (Northamptonshire) (see Montagu-Douglas-Scott, Dukes of Buccleuch and Queensberry), acquired Kimbolton (Huntingdonshire) in 1615, and was created Earl of Manchester in 1626. The 2nd Earl (1602-71) married in 1626, as his second wife, Anne Rich (d. 1642), eldest daughter of the second Earl of Warwick. On the death of the 4th Earl of Warwick in 1673 the Montagu family succeeded to the Leighs estate in Essex (sold to Guy's Hospital c.1750). The 4th Earl of Manchester (c.1662-1722) was created Duke of Manchester in 1719. In 1863, following the death of his grandmother Lady Olivia Bernard Sparrow (see below), the 7th Duke (1823-90) inherited estates in County Armagh (Tanderagee, etc), Huntingdonshire (Brampton) and Cambridgeshire. Kimbolton Castle was given up after the Second World War and is now a school.

Sir John Bernard, 2nd Bt, purchased Brampton Park in 1653. Sir John Bernard (c.1695-1766) married in 1737 Mary, daughter and heir of Sir Francis St John, Bt (d. 1756), of Thorpe (Northamptonshire), through whom estates in Northamptonshire (Thorpe), Essex (Kelvedon, etc), Cambridgeshire (Doddington) and County Armagh (Tanderagee, etc) were inherited. (Property in Suffolk (Stoke-by-Clare) and Staffordshire appears to have been sold about 1756.) On the death of Sir Robert Bernard, 5th Bt, in 1789 the Thorpe estate was sold, but the estates in Huntingdonshire, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Ireland passed to Robert Bernard Sparrow. He married Lady Olivia Acheson, daughter of the 1st Earl of Gosford, and died in 1805, leaving an only daughter, Millicent, who married the 6th Duke of Manchester (1799-1855) and died in 1848.

Estates in 1883: Hunts 13,835 acres, Cambs 1,124 acres, Beds 55 acres, Co Armagh 12,298 acres, total 27,312 acres worth £40,360 a year.

Places:
  • Bermuda
  • New Zealand
  • Hertfordshire
  • Virginia
  • Ballymore, County Armagh
  • Bloxwich, Staffordshire
  • Brampton, Huntingdonshire
  • Cornhill, London
  • Doddington, Cambridgeshire
  • Dogsthorpe, Northamptonshire
  • Ellington, Huntingdonshire
  • Holborn, Middlesex
  • Houghton, Huntingdonshire
  • Kelvedon, Essex
  • Keyston, Huntingdonshire
  • Kimbolton, Huntingdonshire
  • Knowle, Warwickshire
  • Little Leighs, Essex
  • Little Stukeley, Huntingdonshire
  • London
  • Longthorpe, Northamptonshire
  • March, Cambridgeshire
  • Mucking, Essex
  • Portadown, County Armagh
  • Shenstone, Staffordshire
  • St Ives, Huntingdonshire
  • Stoke by Clare, Suffolk
  • Swineshead, Bedfordshire
  • Tanderagee, County Armagh
  • Tanderagee Castle, County Armagh
  • Thorney, Cambridgeshire
  • Thorpe Hall, Northamptonshire
  • Walsall, Staffordshire
  • West Dereham, Norfolk
  • Westminster, Middlesex
  • Wimblington, Cambridgeshire
  • Pertonhall, Bedfordshire
  • Grafham, Huntingdonshire
  • Kimbolton Castle, Huntingdonshire
  • Wyton, Huntingdonshire
Sources of authority: Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, Principal family and estate collections L-Z, 1999
Name authority reference: GB/NNAF/F178148 (Former ISAAR ref: GB/NNAF/F10973 )
Collections
  Description Held by Reference Further information
1
13th cent-20th cent: Hunts (Brampton, Kimbolton, etc) deeds, legal and trust papers, manorial records, rentals,accounts, estate, household and Montagu family papers 13th-20th cent, Essex (Kelvedon, Little Leighs, etc) deeds, manorial records and estate papers 14th-19th cent, Northants (Thorpe Hall in Longthorpe, etc) deeds, manorial records, estate and household papers c13th-18th cent, misc deeds and estate papers for Beds, Cambs (Doddington, March, etc), Herts, Staffs and Suffolk (Stoke by Clare, etc) 13th-19th cent and Co Armagh (Portadown, Tanderagee, etc) 18th-19th cent, rentals for Cornhill (London) 1694 and Hyde Park Corner (Middlesex) 1782, Holborn (Middlesex) building leases 1639-51, New Zealand estate papers 1858-72, London household accounts 19th cent-1911 and papers rel to the Bernard, Rich, St John and Sparrow families from 16th cent, with Knowle (Warwicks) manorial accounts 1371-72, Westminster Abbey acquisitions roll 1509, map of Thorney Abbey (Cambs) grounds 1609, valor 1510-11 and accounts 1529-30 of the Earl of Ormonde's estates, etc
Huntingdonshire Archives
NRA 902 Montagu

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [69a]
2
1864-1867: Park Farm, Kimbolton (Hunts) bailiff's letter book
Huntingdonshire Archives
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [69b]
3
1822-1850: Park Farm, Brampton (Hunts) vouchers
Huntingdonshire Archives
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [69c]
4
1859-1866: Kimbolton Castle (Hunts) provision books
Huntingdonshire Archives
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [69d]
5
1612-1740: misc Cambs (Doddington and Wimblington) deeds and papers 1612-1740, incl Wimblington plan 1639
Cambridgeshire Archives
NRA 3503 Cambs Misc

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [69a]
6
1636-1644: Norfolk (West Dereham, etc) estate accounts
Norfolk Record Office
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [69e]
7
1673-1780: Co Armagh (Ballymore, Tanderagee, etc) deeds and papers
Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [69f]
8
17th cent-20th cent: Co Armagh (Ballymore, Portadown, Tanderagee, etc) leases, estate maps, accounts, corresp and papers
Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [69g]
9
1750-1791: Tanderagee (Co Armagh) estate maps 1750, 1791
Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [69h]
10
1701-1852: Co Armagh (Ballymore, Portadown, Tanderagee, etc) estate maps
Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [69h]
11
1874-1916: Irish Land Commission papers rel to the Co Armagh estates of the Montagu family
Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [69i]
12
1845-1855: Tanderagee Castle (Co Armagh) household accounts
Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [69j]
13
1856-1868: misc Co Armagh (Portadown, etc) legal and estate papers (7th Earl of Sandwich as trustee)
Huntingdonshire Archives
NRA 5472 Montagu
14
c1629-1671: Montagu family papers mainly rel to Hunts affairs
Huntingdonshire Archives
See Annual Report 1986 p18
15
c1613-1671: misc Montagu family letters and papers
Parliamentary Archives
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [69r]
16
16th cent-17th cent: misc Montagu family papers (copies)
Parliamentary Archives
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [69r]
17
1620-1635: letter book of 1st Earl of Manchester (d1642) rel to Customs 1620-21, with related accounts and papers 1620-35
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [69k]
18
1640-1647: corresp and papers of the 2nd Earl of Manchester (1602-71) as Speaker of the House of Lords
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [69l]
19
1803-1854: corresp of Lady Olivia Bernard Sparrow (grandmother of the 7th Duke of Manchester)
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [69m]
20
1535-1539: Court of Augmentations papers of 1st Baron Rich (1496-1567)
Manchester University: University of Manchester Library
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [69o]
21
c1620-1627: Irish corresp and papers of Sir Nathaniel Rich (d1636)
National Library of Ireland
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [69p]
22
c1615-1634: corresp and papers of Sir Nathaniel Rich rel to Bermuda and Virginia
Bermuda Government Archives
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [69q]
23
c1605-1624: corresp and papers of Sir Nathaniel Rich mainly rel to Virginia
New York Public Library: Manuscripts and Archives Division
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [69q]
24
c1689-1699: letters and papers of the 1st Duke of Manchester (d1722)
Huntingdonshire Archives
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [69s]
25
1697-1737: diplomatic and other corresp and papers of and rel to the 1st Duke of Manchester
Yale University Libraries: Beinecke Library
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [69t]
26
1736-1770: letters from George Montagu to Horace Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford (from the Montagu family papers)
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [69u]
27
1779-1788: diplomatic and naval intelligence papers of the 4th Duke of Manchester (1737-1788)
University of Michigan: William L Clements Library
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [69x]
28
1778-1779: diary of naval movements (from the papers of the 4th Duke)
Portsmouth History Centre
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [69v]
29
1779-1782: French naval intelligence (from the papers of the 4th Duke)
Oxford University: Bodleian Library, Special Collections
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [69w]
30
15th cent: illustrated armorial roll by John Rous (d1491) (from the Montaguu family collections)
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [69n]
31
1629: Parliamentary journal
Parliamentary Archives
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [69r]
32
early 17th cent: (copies) papers rel to Virginia and Bermuda
British Library, Manuscript Collections

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