Catalogue description COKAYNE (RUSTON) COLLECTION

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Deeds for estates in Rushton, Southwark and Combe Nevill (Surrey), Broad Street., London, Nethercote, Swepstone, Elmesthorpe and Earl Shilton (Leicestershire), South Denchworth, Circott and Hyde (Berkshire) and Hanging Grimston (Yorkshire). Late 16th/early 17th C. business papers of Cokaynes of London including as victualler to the army in Ireland and on fisheries, cloth and soap. Factor's reports and letters from Middleburg 1618/1619 and Antwerp 1625. Correspondence 1600-1684 including steward's letters 1620s. London household accounts 1646 and inventories of [1599] and 1689.


Deeds and papers for related families: Maunsell of Windsor, London and Thorp Malsor 1612-1663, Hill of Rothwell 1632-1920 and Willoughby of Parham 1666-1688. Medlycott of Cottingham 1680-1759 including letter book of Charles Medlycott as H.M. Commissary of Stores in Lisbon 1700-1714.


Adams of Chastleton (Oxfordshire) 1662-1849 including correspondence 1773-1851 and papers on Chastleton tithes 1664-1849. Cokayne of Ashbourne (Derbyshire) 1407-1673 also with properties in Clifton, Kniveton, Oscoate, Ballidon and Bradborne (all Derbyshire) and Cokayne of Pooley and Leek Wootton (Warwickshire) 1592-1671. Correspondence of Miss Ann Mapletoft and Mrs A.M. Mapletoft 1794-1860 including letters from William Bennett, Bishop of Cloyne.


Papers of George Edward Cokayne including personal correspondence 1860-1882, diaries 1849-1911, journal of Garter missions in Europe 1858-1882, accounts at Oxford and as a herald, records of 'Nobody's Club'. Genealogical notes, pedigrees and papers for editorship of 'Peerage' etc. Diaries of Brien Cokayne, Lord Cullen 1911-1929.

Date: 1407-1929

C 429 - C 475 Cokayne Manuscript Books


C 476 - C 487 Letters: Personal 1851-1867


C 488 - C 504 Letters: Herald's Appointment 1848-1859


C 505 - C 533 Letters: Personal 1837-1859


C 534 - C 538 Misc. Financial Letters


C 539 - C 541 Re Death of Col. J.L. Chester 1882


C 542 - C 545 Solicitors Letters: Death of Borlase Adams & Norton Cokayne


C 546 - C 562 Financial Letters & Settlements


C 563 - C 575 Lawyers Bills of Costs


C 576 - C 580 Papers re Barbara Adams deceased 1904


C 581 - C 589 Settlement of George Edward Cokayne's estate & executors accounts


C 590 - C 595 Cokayne papers: Financial


C 596 - C 620 Will & Executorship Accounts of G.E.O.


C 621 - C 628 Misc. Letters & Papers


C 629 - C 645 Re Death of Eliza Adams


C 646 - C 661 M.W. Cokayne's Theological MSS Books


C 662 - C 667 Cokayne MSS Books


C 668 - C 3394 Miscellaneous Papers

Related material:

(Further Cokayne records are in the Maunsell of Thorpe Malsor collection.) (Rushton estate accounts 1809-1817 are in the Bodleian Library.)

Held by: Northamptonshire Archives Service, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Cokayne family of Rushton, Northamptonshire

Physical description: 3404 docs
Immediate source of acquisition:

Accession 1936/58

Custodial history:

The Cokayne library books and Irish victualling accounts were removed for sale in 2003.

  • Rushton Hall, Rushton, Northamptonshire
  • Chester, Joseph Lemuel, 1821-1882, genealogist
  • Maunsell family of Thorpe Malsor, Northamptonshire
  • Hill family of Rothwell, Northamptonshire
  • Medlycott family of Cottingham, Northamptonshire
  • Adams family of Chastleton, Oxfordshire
  • Willoughby family of Parham, Suffolk
  • Rushton, Northamptonshire
  • Ashbourne, Derbyshire
  • Chastleton, Oxfordshire
  • Europe
  • Middelburg, Holland
Administrative / biographical background:

Artificial collection of records created by George Edward Cokayne concerning the Viscounts Cullen of Rushton and related families.


Rushton Hall was purchased from the Treshams in 1614 by Sir William Cokayne (d.1626) a London merchant and financier who became Lord Mayor. His son Charles lived at Rushton and was made Viscount Cullen in 1642. The 2nd Lady Cullen was a Restoration beauty who almost bankrupted the family. The 5th Lord Cullen (d.1802) was a noted race horse owner. The last Viscount died in 1810 and the estates were split between 10 co-heiresses, the daughters of the Hon. William Cokayne who married Barbara Hill of Rothwell. Mrs Cokayne (d.1838) later took the additional name Medlycott on becoming heiress to Thomas Medlycott of Cottingham. One of the daughters Mrs Mary Anne Adams had a son George Edward who took the name Cokayne. Others married into the Pery, Maunsell, Assheton and Austen families. George Edward Cokayne, the originator of this collection, was Clarenceux King of Arms and editor of The Complete Peerage. His son Sir Brien Cokayne was Governor of the Bank of England 1918-1920, and was created Lord Cullen of Ashbourne in 1920. Rushton Hall had been sold to William Williams Hope in 1828.

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