Papers of the Monckton-Arundell Family, Viscounts Galway of Serlby Hall, Nottinghamshire,early 13th century-1958

Scope and Content

The vast majority of the early records are deeds and settlements relating particularly toYorkshire and Nottinghamshire. Estate records are well covered, although there are few maps. Thereare also manorial papers and ecclesiastical records. The later accruals contain mainly family papersand correspondence from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries, along with further estatematerial.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Monckton family can trace its lineage back to the 14th century and Simon Monckton of thelordship of Monckton in Yorkshire. Successive family members, from Simon onwards, married intolanded families, consolidating their land holdings. Families into which the Moncktons marriedinclude many from Yorkshire such as Mostyn, Wentworth, Hussey, Sutton and Saville and many of thesenames appear within the documents in the collection. It was through these links that the Moncktonscame to hold considerable lands in Yorkshire, including the lordship of Cavil from 1454.

From 1617, three successive male heirs were knighted. Robert, the son of Sir Philip, the lastknight, followed the precedent set by earlier family members and became a Member of Parliament. Hewas an active supporter of King William I and Mary. Robert's only surviving son, John (1695-1751),succeeded to the family estates in 1722 and was made 1st Viscount Galway in 1727, an Irishrepresentative peerage. He married Elizabeth, daughter of the 2nd Earl of Rutland. Their son,William, 2nd Viscount Galway (d 1772), inherited the Arundell family estates from his aunt, LadyFrances, sister to the 3rd Duke of Rutland. She had married John, second son of Lord Arundell, andWilliam added Arundell to his surname. In the 19th century, this was subsequently omitted from thesurnames of all but those succeeding to the Galway title.

As Irish peers were able to become members of the House of Common, George Edward, 6th Viscount(1805-1876), and George Edmund, 7th Viscount (d 1931), served in this capacity until 1887 when theIrish Viscountcy was superseded by an English Barony. The 7th Viscount then went into royal service,being aide-de-camp to Queen Victoria, King Edward VII and King George V. George Vere Arundell, 8thViscount, was appointed Governor-General of New Zealand in 1935.

Serlby Hall, Nottinghamshire, was purchased by the 2nd Viscount Galway in the eighteenth centuryand remained the family seat until the 1970s.


The arrangement of the collection reflects the different accruals. The arrangement of theindividual accruals has been determined by the nature of the material.

Access Information

ACCESS: The bulk of the collection is accessible to allregistered readers. Some 20th century material is restricted; prospective readers should contact thedepartment for advice.

LANGUAGE: English, Latin

Other Finding Aids

NOTE: Copyright on all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham.

  • In the Reading Room, University of Nottingham Library:4 Typescript Catalogues
  • At the National Register of Archives, London:5 Typescript Catalogues
  • On the national A2A (Access to Archives) website.Online access to the typescript finding aid.

Conditions Governing Use

REPROGRAPHIC: Photocopies and photographic copies of accessible material can be supplied foreducational use and private study purposes only, depending on 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 (email The Department will try to assist in identifying copyright owners butthe responsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the reader.

Custodial History

The initial collection (GB 159 Ga) was acquired in 1953. Several accruals were subsequentlyacquired between 1958 and 1974 (GB 159 Ga C, Ga 2). The papers of General Robert Monckton (GB 159 GaM) were acquired in 1984. There are further uncatalogued accruals.