Deposited by Captain R.W. Bruce-Smythe, M.C. 17 May 1967
This collection of documents deposited in the Salop County Record Office by Captain Bruce-Smythe, was in Acton Burnell Hall when it was gutted by fire in 1914.
The documents survived with only a little damage done to the parchment by the heat which, however, melted many of the seals, and the wax stuck many of the membranes together. These have now been separated and unfolded, and very little of the writing has been lost.
These records were then kept at Cound Lodge until sometime in the 1920's when they were put into storage in the premises of Messrs. W.H. Smout & Son Ltd., Castle Cates, Shrewsbury. With Captain Bruce-Smythe's permission, they were deposited in the County Record Office at the Shirehall, Shrewsbury, on the instructions of his Agent, Mr Gordon Miller, in May 1967.