Raymond Richards Collection: Meysey Thompson Muniments

Scope and Content

Deeds and related papers relating mainly to places in Yorkshire (unless otherwise stated): Significant amounts of papers relate to: Ackton, 1650-1680; Aldwark Bridge, 1772-1873; Bingley, 1563-1674; Brafferton, 1655; Branton Northumberland, and Upper Dunsforth, 1602-1845; High Burton, 1651; Cottingley, 1621-1663; Hainworth and Harden, 1560-1678; Kirby Hall, 1521-1792; Olstead, 1770-1774; Great Ouseburn including papers of various families, 1596-1857; Little Ouseburn, 1611-1869; Thorpe Underwoods, 1555-1823; York, 1558-1774. Types of deed include: bills; assigns of lease; final concords; bargain and sale; quitclaims; probate records; wills; leases; releases; conveyances; marriage paper; inquisitions; mortgages; agreements; letters patent; gifts; bonds. Family settlements: marriages of Francis and Henry, children of Sir Stephen Thompson, 1682-1712; marriages of Thompson's other daughters, 1730-1749; business in Portugal, 1739-1756; Settlement to create a Trust, 1752-1821; Marriage of Mary, daughter of John Thompson, 1765; Harry Thompson's will, 1796-1808; marriage of Richard John Thompson, 1803-1850; marriage of Charlotte Jane Thompson, 1807-1841, other settlements, 1808-1853. Accounts, 1759-?; miscellaneous, 1787-1844.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Meysey Thompson family are the Baronets of Kirby Hall, Yorkshire.

Reference: Burke's peerage and baronetage (London. Burke's Peerage Ltd. 1910-1917 ).


The collection forms part of the Raymond Richards Collection and is divided into 4 main series: Deeds and related papers; Family settlements; Accounts; Miscellaneous.

Access Information

There are no restrictions on access to these papers. Viewing is by prior appointment.

Acquisition Information

The Raymond Richards collection was purchased in 1957 from Mr. Raymond Richards. The collection, which had been deposited at the John Rylands Library, Manchester, was amassed over a number of years from many different sources and is heterogeneous in character. The Meysey Thompson Mumiments were acquired by Raymond Richards from Lady Howard.


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Other Finding Aids

The collection is listed. Finding aids may be consulted in Special Collections and Archives at Keele University, and at the National Register of Archives in London. Collection level descriptions also exists for the Raymond Richards Collection (GB 172 RR), Lord North Papers (GB 172 RRN), and the Hatton Wood Collection (GB 172 RRHW).

An authority record exists for Raymond Richards (GB 152 AAR1978) and for the Meysey Thompson Family Baronets of Kirby Hall, Yorkshire.(GB 152 AAR1990).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

Other papers within the Raymond Richards Collection include: groups of family papers, The Hatton Wood Collection, Lord North Papers, William Davenport and Company papers and a miscellaneous collection.

Additional Information

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