Appendix XXVII: Bibliography of manuscript sources

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
Available from Boydell and Brewer

List of manuscript sources used

 Scheme employed:

1. London repositories (excluding borough records)

2. United Kingdom repositories outside London (excluding borough records)

3. Borough records (location in alphabetical order of borough)

4. Mss in private possession

5. Foreign archives and libraries


1. London Repositories


British Library

 In addition to the following collections in the Department of Manuscripts, numerous individual items have been used from the ‘Additional’, ‘Egerton’, ‘Egerton charters’, ‘Lansdowne’, ‘Harleian’, ‘Stowe’ and ‘Sloane’ sequences for individual biographies and constituency accounts. Several sets of private papers were consulted prior to their incorporation into the library’s main collections, in some cases at their original locations.


4291, 4743 (Davenant mss)


7074 (Stepney mss)


7121 (Halifax mss)


22183-22267 (Wentworth mss)


22851-22852 (Pitt mss)


24475 (Hunter mss)


27440 (Allestree mss)


28875-28956 (Ellis mss)


29565-29568 (Finch-Hatton mss)


29578-29579 (Lyttelton mss)


31128-31152 (Wentworth mss)


34355 (Halifax mss)


40771-40776, 40803 (Vernon mss)


42586-45198 (Brockman mss)


46525, 46527, 46546 (Lexington mss)


46964A-47151 (Egmont mss)


51319-51336 (Holland House mss)


60582-60583 (Southwell mss)


61118-61652 (Blenheim mss)


69378 (Cutts mss)


70014-70483 (Portland mss)



920 (Vernon mss)


929 (Halifax mss)


2540 (Nicholas mss)



773 (Davenant mss)


Althorp mss1


Evelyn mss2


Lothian mss3


Trumbull mss (Add., Alphab. and Misc.)4


Walpole of Wolterton mss5


M/636: microfilm of Verney mss.


Public Record Office

Wills and administrations, Prerogative Court of Canterbury


Chancery class:


C 110/28 (Pitt mss)


C 115/110, R10, R11 (Scudamore mss)



PRO class:


PRO 30/24/19-22 (Shaftesbury mss)


PRO 30/53 (Powis mss)


PRO 31/3/180-203 (Baschet transcripts of French diplomatic despatches)


State Papers class:


SP 9/18, 22 (Sir Joseph Williamson’s* notes concerning Parliamentary affairs)


SP 34 (State Papers Domestic: Queen Anne)


SP 54 (Scotland)


SP 63 (Ireland)


SP 105/82 (Stepney mss)


Treasury class


T.48 (Lowndes mss)


Other London repositories:

 Bank of England, Archives Section


Morice mss


Greater London RO


Jersey mss


Guildhall Library


Boddington mss


Hoare’s Bank, Fleet St.


Hoare mss


House of Lords RO


House of Commons Library mss 12 (Winnington pprs.)


Lambeth Palace Library.


Court. of Arches recs.


Tenison mss


National Maritime Museum, Greenwich


Sergison mss


Royal Bank of Scotland Archives, Regent’s House, Islington High Street


Child mss


Society of Friends Library, Friends Library, Euston Rd.


Minutes of Meeting for Sufferings


Society of Genealogists, Goswell Rd.


Boyd’s units


index to parish registers


Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, Marylebone Rd.




Westminster Diocesan Archives, Abingdon Rd.


Browne mss


Old Brotherhood mss


Dr Williams’s Library, Gordon Sq.


Evans list


Morrice ent’ring book R


Stillingfleet transcripts


2. United Kingdom repositories outside London:

Aberdeen University Library

Duff of Braco mss


Duff House (Montcoffer) mss

All Souls’, Oxford

Luttrell mss


Trumbull mems.

Bristol Reference Library

Bristol collection MS 10162


Southwell mss

Bedfordshire RO

Bedford mss


Lucas mss


Orlebar mss

Berkshire RO  

Braybrooke mss


Preston trans.


Birmingham Central Library (now Birmingham City Archives)


Wingfield-Digby mss

Bodleian Library

Ballard mss


William Bromley’s parliamentary pprs.


Carte mss


Clarendon mss


mss Don. c. 169


Eng. Hist. mss


Eng. Lett. mss


Eng. Misc. mss


Fleming newsletters


Locke mss


North mss


Rawlinson mss


Rawlinson letters


Shelburne mss (mic.)


Tanner mss


Top. mss


Willis mss

Borthwick Institute of Historical Research, York


wills, York Prerogative Court and Deaneries



Buckinghamshire RO

Hill diary


Lowndes mss

Cambridge University Library

Strype mss (Add. mss 2-7)


Cambridge University archs.


Cholmondeley (Houghton) mss

Cambridgeshire RO, Cambridge

Cotton of Madingley mss

Cambridgeshire RO, Huntingdon

Cotton of Conington mss


Manchester mss

Centre for Kentish Studies, Maidstone

Papillon mss


Romney of the Mote mss


Sackville mss


Stanhope mss


Weller mss

Cheshire RO  

Arderne mss


Cholmondeley of Cholmondeley mss


Leycester of Tabley mss


Shakerley mss

Chester RO  

Earwaker mss

Christ Church, Oxford

Wake mss

Churchill College, Cambridge

Erle mss

Cornwall RO  

Enys mss


Rashleigh mss

Cumbria RO, Carlisle

Carleton mss


Lonsdale mss


Mounsey-Heysham mss


Musgrave mss

Cumbria RO, Kendal

Le Fleming mss


Musgrave mss

Derbyshire RO  

Chandos-Pole-Gell mss


Harpur-Crewe mss


Treby mss

Devon RO  

Drake mss


Exeter diocesan recs.


Seymour mss

Dorset RO  

Bond mss


Bridport (Burridge) mss


Fox-Strangways mss


Lane (Trenchard) mss

Duns Library  

Local history collection

Durham Dean and Chapter Library

Sharp mss

Durham University Library

Baker-Baker mss

East Sussex RO  

Ashburnham mss


Danny mss


Glynde Place mss

Essex RO  

Barrett mss


Braybrooke mss


Winterton (Turnor) mss

Ewart Library, Dumfries

Grierson mss

Exeter City Library

Pine-Coffin letterbook

Fitzwilliam Museum Library, Cambridge

Perceval mss

Gloucestershire RO

Blathwayt mss


Clifford mss


Ducie mss


Hale of Alderley mss


Hardwicke Court mss


Lloyd pprs.


Sharp pprs.


Newton mss

Greater Manchester RO

Legh of Lyme mss 

Hampshire RO  

Jervoise mss


Knight mss


Hereford and Worcester RO, Hereford (now Herefordshire RO)


Brydges mss


Foley mss


Hereford and Worcester RO, Worcester (now Worcestershire RO), St. Helen’s branch


Hampton mss


Calendar of William Lygon letters


Northwick mss


Sandys mss

Hertfordshire RO

Panshanger mss


Hull University Library (Brynmor Jones Library)


Bosville mss


Hotham mss

John Rylands University Library, Manchester

Legh of Lyme mss


Leycester of Tabley mss


Mainwaring mss


Warburton mss

Lancashire RO  

Bradford mss


Brownlow mss


Hulton mss


Kenyon mss


Parker mss

Leicestershire RO

Braye mss


Cave mss


Finch mss


Palmer mss

Lincolnshire AO

Ancaster mss


Massingberd mss


Massingberd (Mundy) mss


Monson mss


Yarborough mss

Liverpool RO  

Sir Willoughby Aston diaries


More mss


Norris mss

Magdalene College, Cambridge

Ferrar mss

Manchester Central Library

Farrer mss

Mitchell Library, Glasgow

Campbell of Shawfield mss

National Library of Scotland

Advocates’ mss


Bank of England pprs.


Dundas of Dundas pprs.


Murray pprs.


Wodrow pprs.


Campbell of Cessnock mss


Crawford mss


Culloden mss


Douglas of Cavers mss


Erskine Murray mss


Fleming of Wigton mss


Fraser mss


Gordon Cumming mss


Hamilton mss


Lauriston Castle mss


Delvine pprs.


Macphail mss


Forbes corresp


Minto mss


Murray of Stanhope mss


Newhailes mss


Paul mss


Erskine corresp.


Pitfirrane mss


Saltoun mss


Spottiswoode mss


Stuart Stevenson mss


Andrew Stuart pprs.


Sutherland mss


Urquhart mss


Yester mss


Yule mss

National Library of Wales

Aston Hall mss


Bettisfield mss


Bute mss


Chirk Castle mss


Coedymaen mss


Kemeys-Tynte mss


Llanfair Brynodol mss


Llangibby castle mss


Sir Humphrey Mackworth’s diary (MS 14362E)


Ottley mss


Canon Trevor Owen mss


Penpont mss


Penrice and Margam mss


Picton Castle mss


Plas-yn-Cefn mss


Tredegar mss


Wynnstay mss

Newcastle-Upon-Tyne University Library

Montagu mss



Norfolk RO  

Bradfer-Lawrence mss


Harbord mss


Howard (Castle Rising) mss


Ketton-Cremer mss


Knyvett-Wilson mss


Le Neve mss


Dean Prideaux’s diary


Rolfe mss

Northamptonshire RO

Cartwright (Aynho) mss


Chibnall (Thorpe Malsor) mss


Ellesmere (Brackley) mss


Finch-Hatton mss


Fitzwilliam (Milton) mss


Isham mss


Maunsell (Thorpe Malsor) mss


Montagu (Boughton) mss

Northumberland RO

Blackett (Matfen) mss


Delaval (Hastings) mss


Delaval (Horsley) mss


Morpeth Collectanea

North Yorkshire RO

Beresford-Peirse mss


Dawnay mss


Lawson Tancred mss


Swinton mss


Danby pprs.


Worsley mss

Nottingham University Library

Galway mss


Mellish mss


Middleton mss


Molyneux mss


Portland (Bentinck) mss


Portland (Harley) mss


Portland (Holles) mss

Nottinghamshire RO

Foljambe mss


Portland mss

Orkney Archives

Balfour of Balfour and Trenabie mss


Morton mss

Plymouth City Library

Strode mss 



Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

De Ros mss


Foster/Massereene mss

Scottish Catholic Archives, Edinburgh

Blairs College mss

Sevenoaks Public Library

Polhill mss

Sheffield Archives

Bacon Frank mss


Copley mss


Elmhurst mss


Oakes mss


Wentworth (Woodhouse) mss


Bright pprs.



Scottish Record Office (now National Archives of Scotland)


Balnagown Castle mss


Biel mss


Breadalbane mss


Campbell of Barcaldine mss


D. and J.H. Campbell mss


Clerk of Penicuik mss


Cromartie mss


Dalhousie mss


Dundas of Dundas mss


Eglinton mss


Episcopal Church of Scotland mss


Fearn mss


Sir William Fraser mss


Gordon Castle mss


Grant of Monymusk mss


Hamilton mss


Hamilton-Dalrymple mss


Hay of Belton mss


Hay of Park mss


Hume of Marchmont mss


Kennedy of Dalquharran mss


Kinross House mss


Leith-Hay mss


Leven and Melville mss


Mar and Kellie mss


Montrose mss


Morton mss


Ogilvy of Inverquharity mss


Rose of Kilravock mss


Rosslyn mss


Scott of Ancrum mss


Seafield mss


Shairp of Houston mss


Sheriff court records
























Smythe of Methven mss


Stair mss


T/S index of great seal [S] commns.


Yule mss


Shropshire RO (now Shropshire Records)


Acton mss from Aldenham


Attingham mss


Bishop mss


Forester mss


Walcot mss

Somerset RO  

Phelips mss


Sanford mss


Travell mss


South Humberside RO, Grimsby (now North East Lincolnshire RO)


Moore mss

Staffordshire RO

Aqualate mss


Bradford mss


Dartmouth mss


Gower mss


Kaye diary

Suffolk RO, Bury St. Edmunds

Cullum mss


Elwes mss


Hervey mss

Suffolk RO, Ipswich

Gurdon mss (mic.)


Surrey RO, Guildford (now Surrey History Centre, Woking)


Midleton mss


Loseley mss


Onslow mss


Surrey RO, Kingston (now Surrey History Centre, Woking)


Somers mss

University College of North Wales, Bangor

Baron Hill mss


Mostyn mss


Nannau mss


Presadfedd mss

University College, Swansea

Mackworth mss

Warwickshire RO

Mordaunt of Walton Hall mss


Newdigate mss


Warwick Castle mss

West Sussex RO

Cowdray mss


Shillinglee mss

West Yorkshire Archives, Leeds

Newby Hall mss


Temple Newsam mss


Vyner mss

William Salt Library, Stafford

Bagot mss


Swinfen pprs.



Wiltshire RO (now Wiltshire and Swindon RO)


Ailesbury mss


Benett mss


Radnor mss

Worcester College, Oxford

Ince mss

Yorkshire Archaeological Society, Leeds

Copley mss


Leeds mss


Slingsby mss


Wentworth mss


3. Borough records:



Abingdon Town Hall



Suffolk RO, Ipswich



Andover Public Lib.



Cumbria RO, Kendal



Bath RO




Bedfordshire and Luton Archives, Bedford



Berwick-upon-Tweed RO



Cornwall RO





Bury St. Edmunds

Suffolk RO, Bury St. Edmunds



Wiltshire and Swindon RO



Cambridgeshire RO, Cambridge



Canterbury Cathedral Archs.



Cumbria RO, Carlisle



Chester Archives



Lancashire RO



Essex RO



Coventry City RO



Wiltshire and Swindon RO



Suffolk RO, Ipswich



Durham RO



Suffolk RO, Ipswich



Gloucestershire RO


Great Yarmouth

Norfolk RO



North East Lincolnshire RO



Essex RO



Hastings Museum



Cornwall RO



Hertfordshire RO



Arundel Castle



Cambridgeshire RO, Huntingdon



Hythe Town Hall



Suffolk RO, Ipswich


King’s Lynn

Town Hall, King’s Lynn



Hull City Archives



Lancaster City Museum



Leicestershire RO



Liverpool RO



Corporation of London RO



Cornwall RO



Shropshire Records


Lyme Regis

Dorset RO



Centre for Kentish Studies, Maidstone



Essex RO



Wiltshire and Swindon RO


New Romney

Centre for Kentish Studies, Maidstone



Nothamptonshire RO



Norfolk RO



Suffolk RO, Ipswich



Dorset RO



Lancashire RO



Portsmouth RO



Centre for Kentish Studies, Maidstone



Berkshire RO



Medway Archives



E. Sussex RO


St. Albans

St. Albans Public Lib.



Centre for Kentish Studies, Maidstone



N. Yorshire RO



E. Sussex RO



Dorset RO



Southampton AO



Suffolk RO, Bury St. Edmunds



Somerset Archive and Record Service



Council Offices, King’s House, Thetford



Berkshire RO



Warwickshire RO



Wigan Archs. Services



Wiltshire and Swindon RO



E. Sussex RO



Hampshire RO



York City Archives



Aberdeen City Archives



Annan Municipal Chambers



Carnegie Library, Ayr



SRO (now National Archiives of Scotland)



Dumfries Archive Centre









Dundee City Archives












Orkney Archives








N. Berwick







Sandeman Library, Perth






4. Mss in private possession:

Annandale mss at Raehills, Dumfriesshire

Atholl mss at Blair Castle, Perthshire

Bagot mss at Levens Hall, Westmld. (consulted at Cumbria RO, Kendal)

Bath mss at Longleat House, Wilts.


Portland misc. pprs.


Prior pprs.


Thynne pprs.

Beaufort mss at Badminton House, Glos.


Beaufort pprs.


Coventry pprs.

Bolton mss at Bolton Hall, Yorks.

Bradford mss at Weston Park, Salop (now at Staffs. RO)

Buccleuch mss at Drumlanrig Castle, Dumfriesshire

Buller mss at Antony House, Cornwall (consulted at Cornwall RO)

Carew Pole mss at Antony House, Cornwall (consulted at Cornwall RO)

Compton mss at Castle Ashby, Northants.

Cottrell-Dormer mss at Rousham, Oxon.

Devonshire mss at Chatsworth House, Derbys.


‘Devonshire House notebook’


Devonshire pprs.


Finch-Halifax pprs.


Whildon pprs.

Digby mss formerly in possesion of Miss Fiona Digby (transcripts via Professor H.Erskine-Hill, Pembroke College, Cambridge)

Douglas diary (History of Parliament trans.)

Douglas-Home mss at The Hirsel, Berwicks. (consulted at National Registry of Archives, Scotland)

Egremont mss at Petworth House, Sussex

Glasgow mss at Kelburn Castle, Ayrshire

Grosvenor mss at Eaton Hall, Cheshire (consulted at Cheshire RO)

Hamilton mss at Lennoxlove, Haddington, East Lothian (consulted at National Registry of Archives, Scotland)

Harley mss at Brampton Bryan, Herefordshire (consulted at Hereford and Worcester RO, Hereford)

Hopkins mss (Hist. of Parliament trans.)

Howard mss at Castle Howard, Yorkshire

Lauderdale mss at Thirlestane Castle, Berwicks. (consulted at National Registry of Archives, Scotland)

Leconfield mss at Cockermouth Castle, Cumberland (consulted at Cumbria RO, Carlisle)

Linlithgow mss at Hopetoun House, West Lothian (consulted at National Registry of Archives, Scotland)

Mansfield mss at Scone Palace, Perthshire (consulted at National Registry of Archives, Scotland)

Methuen mss at Corsham Court, Wiltshire (now at Wiltshire and Swindon RO)

Norfolk mss at Arundel Castle, Sussex

Northumberland mss at Alnwick Castle, Northumberland

Parham mss at Parham House, Parham, Sussex

Pembroke mss at Wilton House, Wiltshire

Pitt mss at Boconnoc, Cornwall (consulted at Cornwall RO, now at British Library)

Pringle mss at Torwoodlee, Selkirkshire (consulted at Borders Regional Archives, Selkirk)

Richmond mss at Goodwood House, Sussex (consulted at W. Sussex RO)

Roxburghe mss at Floors Castle, Roxburghshire (consulted at National Registry of Archives, Scotland)

Rutland mss at Belvoir Castle, Rutland

Shaftesbury mss at Wimborne St. Giles, Dorset

Stuart mss at Royal Archives, Windsor Castle

Strathmore mss at Glamis Castle, Angus

Townshend mss at Raynham Hall, Norfolk


5. Foreign archives and libraries:

Archives du Ministère des Affaires Etrangères, Quai d’Orsay, Paris

Correspondance Politique, Angleterre


Memoires et Documents

Archives de la Guerre, Vincennes




Archives Nationales, Paris

K1301, K1303

Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris

Renaudot mss (N. Ac. Fr.)

Boston Public Library, Boston, Mass.
  Somerset mss
Deutsches Zentralarchiv, Merseburg (now Geheimes Staatsarchiv Preussische Kulturbesitz Abteilung Merseburg

Bonet despatches

Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington

Newdigate newsletters


Rich mss


Huntington Library, San Marino, Calif.


Ellesmere mss


Hastings mss


Loudoun mss


Stowe mss

National Archives of Ireland

Wych mss

National Library of Ireland

Ormond mss


Wicklow mss

Newberry Library, Chicago

case mss

New York Public Library

Hardwicke mss

Niedersächsisches Staatsarchiv, Hannover

Kreienberg despatches

Trinity College, Dublin

Clarke mss


King letterbks.


Lyons (King) coll.

University of Chicago Library

Walpole mss

University of Kansas, Spencer Research Library

Lowther mss


Methuen-Simpson corresp.


Moore mss

Univ. of Pennsylvania Library

Gaultier-Torcy correspondence


Yale University, Beinecke Library


Osborn Collection


Biscoe-Maunsell newsletters


Blathwayt mss


‘Account of trial of Dr. Sacheverell’

Ref Volumes: 1690-1715

Author: D. W. Hayton

End Notes

  • 1. Consulted at Althorp House, Northamptonshire.
  • 2. Consulted at Christ Church, Oxford.
  • 3. Consulted at Melbourne Hall, Derbyshire.
  • 4. Consulted at the British Library before their incorporation into the Additional MSS sequence. The references given, therefore, are from their original arrangement as received from Berkshire RO.
  • 5. Consulted at Wolterton Hall, Norfolk.