Catalogue description FitzHerbert of Tissington

This record is held by Derbyshire Record Office

Details of D239
Reference: D239
Title: FitzHerbert of Tissington

The collection includes title deeds, estate papers, family papers, manorial records and papers concerning properties in the West Indies


The FitzHerbert family owned property in Tissington, Fenny Bentley, Thorpe, Bradbourne, Lea Hall, Kniveton, Chapel en le Frith and Atlow in Derbyshire. The also had estates in Kent, Nottinghamshire, Surrey and Lincolnshire. Manor courts were held at Tissington and Thorpe in Derbyshire, Willoughby in Lincolnshire and Warsop in Nottinghamshire. The records of these courts date from the 17th century


The collection contains a series of papers relating to the offices held by the FitzHerbert family. William FitzHerbert, 1st baronet, for example, was a deputy lieutenant for the county of Derbyshire and a Justice of the Peace. There are also papers concerning the office of sheriff of Derbyshire which was held by Henry FitzHerbert in 1815 and William FitzHerbert in 1866. Alleyne FitzHerbert was a distinguished diplomat; his papers include copies of letters from Lord Nelson, and correspondence with the Princess of Orange, Princess Elizabeth (daughter of George III) and Lord and Lady Exeter. The FitzHerbert collection also contains papers of George Treby, which includes a series of correspondence on the Popish Plot, 1674-1680


The family papers consist mainly of wills and settlements, financial records, legal papers and correspondence. There is a substantial collection of correspondence with Sir Henry FitzHerbert for the period 1809-1858. The papers of the Perrin family and Gally Knight family include wills, deeds, accounts and correspondence


The West Indies papers consist mainly of wills and associated papers, correspondence and legal records. The FitzHerbert family were involved in legal disputes with some local families, such as the case of Philp and Perrin v Harris concerning the Blue Mountain plantation, and there are case papers detailing the proceedings. The West Indies material also includes important records on slavery, including lists of slaves and reports on the transport of slaves




Reference number Description


D239 M/T 1-1848 Title Deeds


D239 M/T 1-466 Tissington


D239 M/T 467-718 Fenny Bentley


D239 M/T 719-771 Thorpe


D239 M/T 772-784 Bradbourne


D239 M/T 785-840 Lea Hall


D239 M/T 841-847 Kniveton


D239 M/T 848-895 Chapel en le Frith and Atlow


D239 M/T 896-927 Miscellaneous Derbyshire


D239 M/T 928-1065 Surrey estates


D239 M/T 1066-1075 Kent estate


D239 M/T 1076-1713 Warsop, Nottinghamshire


D239 M/T 1714-1835 Kirton, Willoughby, Walesby and Boughton


D239 M/T 1836-1837 Lincolnshire


D239 M/T 1838-1842 Warsop, Nottinghamshire


D239 M/T 1843-1848 Kirton, Willoughby, Walesby and Boughton


D239 M/M 1-34 Manorial


D239 M/M 1-5 Tissington


D239 M/M 6-8 Thorpe


D239 M/M 9-31 Warsop, Nottinghamshire


D239 M/M 32 Willoughby


D239 M/M 33-34 Miscellaneous


D239 M/E 1-16373 Estate


D239 M/E 1-71 Tissington


D239 M/E 72-116 Fenny Bentley


D239 M/E 117-158 Thorpe


D239 M/E 159-181 Lea Hall and Bradbourne


D239 M/E 182-197 Chapel en le Frith


D239 M/E 198-205 Atlow, Wensley and Tideswell


D239 M/E 206-210 Melbourne


D239 M/E 211-214 Calton, Staffordshire


D239 M/E 215 Weston Underwood


D239 M/E 216-5277 Tissington


D239 M/E 5278-5386 Fenny Bentley


D239 M/E 5387-5402 Lea Hall


D239 M/E 5403-5423 Thorpe


D239 M/E 5424-5461 Bradbourne


D239 M/E 5462-5474 Chapel en le Frith


D239 M/E 5475-5477 Atlow


D239 M/E 5478-5539 General


D239 M/E 5540-14244 Surrey and Kent


D239 M/E 14245-16303 Warsop


D239 M/E 16304-16373 Kirton, Boughton, Walesby and Willoughby


D239 M/O 1-1693 Office


D239 M/O 1-7 Lieutenancy


D239 M/O 8-90 Shrievalty


D239 M/O 91-305 Justice of the Peace


D239 M/O 306-369 Poor Law


D239 M/O 370-390 Militia


D239 M/O 391-393 Honor of Tutbury


D239 M/O 394-395 Gentleman-Usher


D239 M/O 396-399 The King's House at Newmarket


D239 M/O 400-401 Judiciary


D239 M/O 402-404 Customs


D239 M/O 405-421 Miscellaneous


D239 M/O 422-879 Papers of Alleyne FitzHerbert, Lord St Helens, as diplomat and royal servant


D239 M/O 880-1048 Papers of Alleyne FitzHerbert, Lord St Helens, as member of the Royal household and the Privy Council


D239 M/O 1049-1693 Treby papers including papers relating to the Popish Plot, 1670s


D239 M/F 1-16541 Family


D239 M/F 1-552 Wills and settlements


D239 M/F 553-6502 Financial


D239 M/F 6503-8234 Family correspondence


D239 M/F 8235-10008 General correspondence


D239 M/F 10009-10105 Solicitor/lawyer


D239 M/F 10106-10232 Diaries and common-place books


D239 M/F 10233-10291 Legal manuscripts


D239 M/F 10292-10682 Trusteeship and executorship


D239 M/F 10683-11254 Miscellaneous family papers


D239 M/F 11255-14094 Letters and papers of Alleyne FitzHerbert, Lord St Helens


D239 M/F 14095-16058 Perrin family


D239 M/F 16059-16541 Gally Knight family


D239 M/E 16374-24711 West Indies


D239 M/E 16374-20454 Plantations of William Perrin and William Philp Perrin


D239 M/E 20455-20790 FitzHerbert plantations - Barbados


D239 M/E 20791-23866 FitzHerbert plantations - Jamaica and Barbados


D239 M/E 23867-24711 General estate records


Description written by Stacey Gee.

Date: 16th century-20th century

The collection is arranged as follows: title deeds, manorial, estate, office, family, West Indies. The title deeds, manorial and estate papers are then arranged according to place. The office, family and West Indies papers are subdivided into subjects and genres, such as correspondence, legal manuscripts and financial.

Related material:

1. A small number of West Indies letters, formerly part of this collection, which were withdrawn for sale at auction but subsequently donated by the purchaser Derbyshire Record Office, D4754


2. Further 19th century family correspondence Derbyshire Record Office, D4061


3. Records relating to the Warsop estate Nottinghamshire Archives, Acc: 322


4. Microfilm copies of West Indian newspapers, formerly part of this collection, which were withdrawn for sale at auction British Library, M. Misc 411

Held by: Derbyshire Record Office, not available at The National Archives
Originals held at:

A large proportion of the West Indies material consists of microfilm copies of the originals, which were withdrawn from Derbyshire Record Office and sold by Cavendish Philatelic Auctions in April 1989

Language: English, French, Latin

FitzHerbert family of Tissington, Derbyshire

Physical description: 148 boxes, 3 rolls, 2 flat items
Physical condition: Some items are very fragile
Access conditions:

The papers are on open access. Some of the papers are very fragile however and copies may be provided instead of the originals.

Custodial history:

The records were deposited in the Derbyshire Record Office between 1963 and 1992. The collection has been accepted in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated permanently to DRO.


Description based on ISAD G


Further accruals are possible.

  • FitzHerbert, William, 1712-1772, of Tissington, Derbyshire
  • FitzHerbert, Sir, William, 1748-1791, 1st Baronet, of Tissington, Derbyshire
  • FitzHerbert, Sarah, 1745-1795, of Tissington, Derbyshire
  • FitzHerbert, Sir, Anthony, 1779-1798, 2nd Baronet, of Tissington, Derbyshire
  • FitzHerbert, Sir, Henry, 1783-1858, 3rd Baronet, of Tissington, Derbyshire
  • FitzHerbert, Sir, William, 1808-1896, 4th Baronet, of Tissington, Derbyshire
  • FitzHerbert, Rev, Richard, 1846-1908, 5th Baronet, of Tissington, Derbyshire
  • Estate management
Unpublished finding aids:

There is an index of subjects, places and names available at Derbyshire Record Office.

Administrative / biographical background:

The early history of the Fitzherbert family during the period 1125-1305 begins with William Fitzherbert who was granted the lordship of the manor of Norbury by Henry de Ferrers. The manor of Norbury remained in the possession of the Fitzherbert family until it was sold in 1881 by Basil Fitzherbert to Samuel William Clowes


Through the marriage of Cicely Francis of Foremark to Nicholas Fitzherbert in around 1480, a moiety of the manor of Tissington came into the family's possession. The other moiety was purchased by Francis Fitzherbert. The branch of the FitzHerbert family which were based at Tissington is distinguished from the rest of the family by the use of the capital H in the surname.


From the mid-seventeenth century, the FitzHerberts continued to acquire land in Tissington, Fenny Bentley and Thorpe.


William FitzHerbert 1712-1772


In 1740 he was appointed as the deputy steward of the honour of Tutbury. He was granted the office of Housekeeper of the Palace at Newmarket in 1757 and in 1759 was appointed Gentleman Usher to George II. He was also elected as an MP for the borough of Derby. In 1765 he was appointed as a Lord of Trade.


Sir William FitzHerbert, 1st baronet 1748-1791


In 1784 the baronetcy was conferred on William FitzHerbert. Sir William FitzHerbert was a barrister who held the office of Recorder of Derby.


Gally Knight family


A dispute arose over the will of Sir William FitzHerbert between his widow, Sarah, and the executor of the will, Richard Bateman. The resolution of the dispute was complicated by the deaths of Sarah and her eldest son Anthony which left the younger children as minors. The guardianship of the FitzHerbert children was held by their uncle, Henry Gally. In the early nineteenth century the Warsop estate of the Gally Knight family consisting of the manor of Warsop in Nottinghamshire, and properties in Kirton, Walesby, Willoughby, Boughton and Wellow in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire came into the possession of the FitzHerbert family.


Alleyne FitzHerbert 1753-1839


He was a distinguished diplomatist who was created Baron St Helens. He acted as an ambassador at Brussels in 1777-82. In 1782 he was appointed Minister Plenipotentiary and also one of the commissioners to negotiate the Peace at Paris. He was an Envoy Extraordinary at the Court of Russia in 1783-7, and Envoy Extraordinary at the Hague in 1798.


The West Indies


The FitzHerbert family acquired lands in the West Indies through the marriage of Sir William FitzHerbert to Sarah Perrin, daughter of William Perrin of Westminster. During the first decades of the 18th century, William Perrin acquired substantial wealth as a merchant at Kingston. In 1739 he went to England, leaving behind one of his partners, Philp as his attorney. He was the author of The Present State of the British and French Sugar Colonies, published in 1740. At Perrin's death in 1759, his property was inherited by his son William Philp Perrin. William Philp Perrin inherited five plantations: Retrieve, Vere, Forrest, Blue Mountain and Grange Hall.


Turner's Hall plantation in Barbados was acquired by the FitzHerbert family in the 18th century.

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