Bayard Family Manuscripts

Scope and Content

A considerable part of the collection appears to relate to John Campbell, later John Campbell Bayard, and to his eldest son, Francis Campbell Bayard. The correspondence in the collection (dated 1890s) is largely that of Francis Campbell Bayard of Hillmorton Lodge, Wallington, Surrey; he appears to have had an interest in researching the Bayard family. Some of the legal material relates to a legal case in which he was involved in connection with his father's estate, 1897. There are also papers relating to the Bayard family generally (pedigrees, family trees,lists, notes etc) and other documents created by or associated with various individual Bayards and of other related families (title deeds, marriage settlements, wills etc).

The collection comprises: Deeds, 1707-1897, including wills, probate records, leases, mortgages, assignment and trust, releases, marriage settlements; miscellaneous documents, 1774-1877, including accounts of legal cases and printed documents; documents relating to family history , 1585-1851; correspondence, 1891-1896; miscellaneous press cuttings and articles,1825-1915.

Administrative / Biographical History

Bayard family of London and New York, and related families. These families include: John Campbell, who married Eugenia Vaudervill, daughter of the late Francis Vaudervill of Croydon, Surrey in 1851. John Campbell - subsequently took the name Bayard, by royal licence after his father - Robert Bayard of Regents Park, London and of the East India Company. Robert Bayard was the son of Major Robert Bayard of New York (who came to England and died in Bath in 1819). John Campbell Bayard and his wife, Eugenia had four children while living in Richmond, Surrey: Francis Campbell (b 1851), Fanny (b 1853), Eugenia (b 1856) and Robert Valentine Campbell (b 1858). John Campbell Bayard of Gwernydd, Montgomeryshire, Justice of the Peace died in 1883.

Reference: Finding aid to the Bayard Family Manuscripts


The collection is arranged chronologically within series relating to document type and subject.

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Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the University Archivist, Special Collections. Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Special Collections will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.


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