Catalogue description The Marling Family

This record is held by Gloucestershire Archives

Details of D873
Reference: D873
Title: The Marling Family

Deeds, estate, family, and business records of the Marling family, clothiers, of King's Stanley, Stonehouse, and Stroud




D873/T1-59 King's Stanley


D873/T60-66 Stonehouse


D873/T67-70 Rodborough


D873/T71-81 Rodborough and King's Stanley


D873/T82-89 Stroud


D873/T90-99 Painswick


D873/T100 Berkeley


D873/T101 Out-County: Warwicks. and Worcs.


D873/T102 Bisley


D873/T103-104 King's Stanley (additional)


D873/T105-107 Out-County: Lancashire




D873/M1-8 Borough of King's Stanley


Maps and plans


D873/P1-2 Rodborough


D873/P3-11 King's Stanley: general


D873/P12-20 King's Stanley: Stanley Park


D873/P21 King's Stanley, Leonard Stanley and Rodborough


D873/P22-25 Stonehouse


D873/P26-27 Out-County: Lancashire




D873/E1-12 Leases


D873/E13-19 Abstracts of title and copy deeds


D873/E20-23 Estate memoranda


D873/E24-29 Sale particulars


D873/E30-42 Stanley Park: household papers


D873/E43-47 : estate papers


D873/E48-58 Miscellaneous


D873/E59-70 Estate papers: Lancashire




D873/F1 Genealogical papers


D873/F2 Marling family papers: John F. Marling


D873/F3-7 : Thos. Marling


D873/F8-15 : Sam. S. Marling


D873/F16-33 : Margaret W. Marling


D873/F34 : Josiah Marling


D873/F35-58 : Wm. H. Marling


D873/F59-62 : Mary E. Marling


D873/F63-66 : Chas. Marling


D873/F67 : Hen. H. Marling


D873/F68-71 : Percival S. Marling


D873/F72-73 : Miscellaneous


D873/F74-88 Related family papers


D873/F89-124 Testamentary and trust : Marling and related families


D873/F125-130 : Non-related families




D873/C1 Family: Nath. S. Marling


D873/C2-5 : Thos. Marling


D873/C6-15 : Sam. S. Marling


D873/C16-43 : Margaret W. Marling


D873/C44-107 : Wm. H. Marling


D873/C108 : Mary E. Marling


D873/C109 : Chas. Marling


D873/C110-113 Family: Percival S. Marling


D873/C114-163 Estate correspondence, Stanley Park


Public Office


D873/X1 General


D873/X2-9 Sam. S. Marling


D873/X10-12 Wm. H. Marling




D873/B1-11 Partnership agreements


D873/B12-15 Accounts


D873/B16-25 Miscellaneous papers




D873/R1-9 Selsley


D873/R10-15 King's Stanley


The manorial documents in the collection (D873/M1-8) relate to the manor of the Borough of King's Stanley, which was purchased by Samuel S. Marling in 1856.


Few of the estate records are earlier than the last quarter of the 19th century, with the exception of some interesting early 19th century leases of mills owned by the family (D873/E1-12) which include valuable information on the buildings and their contents.


One of the most interesting features of the collection lies in the large amount of correspondence which has survived. This seems to have been due to the systematic preservation and arrangement of her own and her husband's personal correspondence by Margaret Williams Marling, the wife of the 1st baronet, a habit which was inherited by her son, William. Although the correspondence has not been preserved in its entirety in what remains we are provided with an excellent picture of family life in the 19th century. Of particular interest are the letters written home by William H. Marling while at boarding school, 1847-49 (D873/C17). Another group of letters relate to the army career of Sir Percival Marling (D873/C110).


Among other family papers perhaps the most interesting is the personal ledger of Samuel S. Marling, 1832-83, which contains a detailed record of all his financial transactions, the accounts being supplemented by memoranda on the background to these affairs (D873/F9).


Comparatively few records of the business firm, Marling and Co., survive, although there are a succession of partnership deeds, 1825-66 (D873/B1-10), which allow one to trace the progress of the business, and also some privately kept accounts which give a general indication of the firm's annual turnover (D873/B12-15).

Date: 1549-1948
Related material:

Some biographical notes on the family are to be found in D2033 pp. 70-74. Gloucestershire Record Office


There are no court rolls for the manor in this collection, but these do survive in other collections at the Record Office D149/M17, D340a/M8, Z3, D445/M2 Gloucestershire Record Office)


For further details on the company's mills see J. Tann, Gloucestershire Woollen Mills, (1967), pp.149-155 - Gloucestershire Record Office Library.]


Records of the Sedbury Park estate in Tidenham and Woolaston, also owned by the family, have been deposited at the Gloucestershire Record Office as D262.

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

Marling family, baronets, of Stanley Park, Gloucestershire

Physical description: 557 files
Immediate source of acquisition:

Given by Sir John Marling, Bart., 5 September 1952, 17 October 1956, and 12 January 1959


1391, 1605

Administrative / biographical background:

Members of the Marling family, descendants of William Marling of Stroud (d. 1859), were prominent clothiers in King's Stanley and Stonehouse throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, and as a result of their business success the family achieved considerable local importance. William Marling, the founder of the business, is represented here by only a few letters and some partnership agreements (D873/C4, B1-2) and most of the material relates to his son, Samuel Stephens Marling (1810-83), and Samuel's children and grandchildren. Samuel S. Marling was M.P. for West Gloucestershire, 1868-74 (X6-7), and for Stroud, 1875-80 (D873/X9); he was made a baronet in 1882. His eldest son, William Henry Marling was sheriff of Gloucestershire in 1888 (D873/X11) and unsuccessfully contested West Gloucestershire in the 1885 election (D873/X10). His son, the 3rd baronet, Sir Percival Scrope Marling, had a distinguished military career in Egypt, the Sudan and South Africa (D873/C110-112). [See his autobiography, Rifleman and Hussar (1931)-G.R.O. Library]. Sir Percival's nephew, Sir John Marling, succeeded to the baronetcy and was the donor of the collection to the Record Office.

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