Fonds GB 0210 MILBORNE - Milborne Family Papers and Documents,

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Milborne Family Papers and Documents,


  • [c.1231]-[c.1811] / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.974 cubic metres (34 boxes)

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Blanch, daughter and coheir of Simon Milbourne of Tillington, Herefordshire, and widow of James Whitney of Whitney, Herefordshire, married, secondly, Sir William Herbert (d. 1524) of Troy Parva, knight, the bastard son of William, first earl of Pembroke. His eldest son Sir Charles Herbert directed in his will (dated 23 April 1552) that his manors of Wonastow and St Maughans be sold to pay his debts, and it is probable that Wonastow was then bought by his younger brother, Sir Thomas Herbert (d. 1588). He was succeeded by his son Henry Herbert (d. 1596). In 1603 William and Lewis, his two sons, were dead without issue, and it appears that his estate was inherited by Christian (d. 1634), one of his four daughters, who had married George Milborne (d. 1637) of Milborne Port, Somerset.

John Milborne their eldest son, was succeeded by Charles Milborne, who may have been his son. Charles was succeeded by his son George Milborne (b. 1698), who, following his marriage in 1727 to Mary Gunter, acquired the Priory estate, Abergavenny. Their son, Charles Milborne (c.1736-1775) of Wonastow and the Priory, married Lady Martha, daughter of Edward Harley, third earl of Oxford by Martha, daughter of John Morgan of Tredegar. Charles Milborne was succeeded by Mary (d. 1795), his only child, who married Thomas Swinnerton (fl. 1793-95) of Butterton, Staffordshire, esq. She was succeeded by three daughters and coheirs, Martha (dsp.) the wife of William Bagot; Mary, wife of Sir William Pilkington of Chevet, Yorkshire, eighth baronet, who appears to have inherited the estate; and Elizabeth, wife of Charles John Kemeys-Tynte of Cefnmabli, Glamorgan, and of Halswell, Somerset, esq.

Mary's eldest son Sir Thomas Edward Pilkington, 9th baronet, died without issue, as did his brother Sir William Pilkington, 10th baronet. They were succeeded by their brother Sir Lionel Pilkington of Chevet and Wonastow, 11th baronet, who in 1856 assumed the surname Milborne-Swinnerton-Pilkington. Sir Thomas, 12th baronet, the depositor of the Milborne papers, was Sir Lionel's son and heir.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Deposited by Sir Thomas E. Milborne-Swinnerton-Pilkington of Chevet Park, Wakefield, Yorkshire, in 1929.

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Scope and content

Estate and family records of the Gunter family of the Priory, Abergavenny, [c.1545]-^[ITc.1712], and the Milborne family of Wonastow, Monmouthshire,and earlier of Milborne Port, Somerset, comprising deeds relating to properties in Monmouthshire, Breconshire and Herefordshire, [c.1231], 1282-1810, but mainly 1450-1750, records relating to the manors of Wonastow, Grosmont, Skenfrith, and Whitecastle, 1480-1625, accounts, 1698-1765; family correspondence of the Gunter and Milborne families, [c.1621]-[c.1811]; and accounts of Charles Milborne in the Pipe Office, 1699-1730.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records deposited at NLW have been retained.


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged chronologically within four sections: manuscript volumes; correspondence; deeds and documents; and printed matter.

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Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

  • English
  • Latin

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Latin.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

Further details relating to manorial records within the archive can be accessed online from The National Archives Manorial Documents Register.

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Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Further deeds, estate papers and family papers, 18-20 cent., are held by the West Yorkshire Archives Service, Wakefield.

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Title supplied from family name of depositor.

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Rules and/or conventions used

This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2; and LCSH


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Dates of creation revision deletion

January 2002.


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Stephen Benham.

Archivist's note

The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Bradney, Joseph, Sir A History of Monmouthshire (London, 1991 facsimile ed.) vol. 1, part 1;

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