This collection is generally very full for the period c.1760-1820. i.e. the time of Thomas, 4th Earl of Ailesbury, and is particularly rich in:
Early deeds, from the late 12th and 13th centuries, see especially: Sections 6 and 7, Burbage; Section 10, Collingbourne Kingston; Section 14, Crofton; Section 15, Easton; Section 16, Grafton; Section 21, Milton Lilborne; Section 27, Wilton in Great Bedwyn:
Estate and personal correspondence, especially c. 750 letters from Charles Bill, Agent, 1760-1806, and c. 700 from John Ward, Agent, 1783-1822 in Section 1, (9/1/442-470) and c. 2,000 personal letters, mostly c. 1760-1820, (9/35/82-328).
Section 34 includes some interesting papers on politics: two diaries of proceedings in parliament, 1621, 1624, 1654 and 1659 (9/34/2-3); correspondence on elections, 18th century, (9/34/7-17), also on public office: correspondence and accounts on the Royal Household, 1761-1821 (9/34/38-44), and on the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry, 1794-1829, (9/34/62-106) and the Wiltshire Militia, 1758-1827 (9/34/107-152).
Other documents deserving mention are: legal treatises and year books, 14th-early 15th centuries, (9/32/1-5); liturgical fragments from two illuminated manuscripts, thought to have come from Easton Priory, 14th Century, 9/15/338; register of applicants and minutes of the Wiltshire Emigration Association, 1849-51, 9/35389-390; and recommendations to the Froxfield Almshouses, late 18th-early 19th centuries, 9/35/368.
Barton, Manton and Preshute
Great Bedwyn Borough
Great Bedwyn Prebend
Little Bedwyn and Froxfield
Burbage Savage, Darrells and Esturmy
Collingbourne Brunton or Valence
Easton Bradenstoke, Warren and Priory
East and West Grafton
Hippenscombe and Chute
Milton Lilborne and Wootton Rivers
Savernake Forest and Park
Stock and West Bedwyn
Wilton in Great Bedwyn
Other counties and Wales
Personal and Family