Personal papers of the Brutnell family of Nottingham collected by George Squibb(1906-1994), 1815-1982

Scope and Content

The collection comprises a small quantity of papers acquired by George Squibb, a descendant ofthe Brutnell family of Nottinghamshire. They primarily relate to property ownership and thesettlement of family trust funds but include also items of personal ephemera. Most of the papersdate from the middle of the 19th century to the middle of the 20th. The largest series containscorrespondence between Mrs. E. Amery of Hastings and her solicitors regarding the trust fund ofElizabeth Brutnell.

Personal papers and family ephemera include: correspondence, 1859-1982 (MS 660/1); child's albumof drawings, and poems belonging to Edna Mary Thurman, 1909-1922 (MS 660/2); apprenticeshipindenture of William Brutnell, 1817 (MS 660/3); copy wills of John Dusty, 1859 and Maria Thurman,1946 (MS 660/4); 19th-century certificates or copies for marriage, birth, vaccination, burial, andexaminations (MS 660/5-9); poetry (MS 660/10); genealogical notes (MS 660/11); ephemera, includingspecimen of hair, invitations to memorial services, prescriptions, and photograph (MS 660/12-14,22).

The papers concerning property include: schedules of deeds, 1816-1876 (MS 660/15); mortgagepayments account, 1815 (MS 660/16); certificate for the contract for the redemption of land tax,1860 (MS 660/17); household insurance certificates 1903-1926 (MS 660/18); and printed particulars ofsale of land in Nottingham and New Radford, sometimes including plans, 1833-1868 (MS 660/19);

Financial records comprise a ledger, 1907-1920 and cash book, 1907-1914 (MS 660/20-21).

Administrative / Biographical History

The collection contains a short family tree (MS 660/11/6) for the Brutnell family of Nottinghamcompiled by Mrs J. Atkinson. The tree begins with William Brutnell (born 1801), a joiner of NewRadford, Nottinghamshire and his wife Sarah (ne Bailey). Of their children, two are of particularinterest to this collection: William Brutnell, who became a builder in Nottingham; and SarahBrutnell (1830-1904) who married George Drewry. William Brutnell, junior married Maria Goulder.Their son was Arthur William Brutnell. Sarah Drewry (ne Brutnell) gave birth to Richard WalterDrewry and Mary Elizabeth Drewry (died 1930).

George Drewry Squibb was the son of Mary Elizabeth Drewry and R.A.H. Squibb. He was born on 1December 1906. He became a solicitor and ultimately Queen's Council, working in London. He marriedBessie Whitaker. Their son, E.A.M Squibb, married J.L.K. Atkinson, who compiled the family tree inthe collection. George Squibb published extensively on topics of legislative precedent and legalhistory. His work included transcriptions and editions of 16th-century visitations to variousEnglish counties, undertaken for the Harleian Society.


The collection has been divided by document type into 22 series. Within these series, items havebeen arranged chronologically.

Access Information

ACCESS: Generally accessible to all registered readersbut some items closed pending full cataloguing and processing. Advance appointment is essential.


Other Finding Aids

  • This description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright on thedescription belongs to The University of Nottingham.

Conditions Governing Use

REPROGRAPHIC: Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposesonly, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

COPYRIGHT: Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advancein writing from the Keeper of Manuscripts and Special Collections (

Custodial History

The collection was given to the University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts and SpecialCollections in April 1996.