Papers of Sir Francis Molyneux and the Molyneux Family of Teversal, Nottinghamshire, 1706-1901

Scope and Content

The papers consist chiefly of correspondence, personal and official, from John Holles and Thomas Pelham Holles to Molyneux. Such correspondence concerns the implementation of orders from the Privy Council for the identification and seizure of papists. There are also references to the County Militia, the boundaries of Sherwood Forest and the Nottinghamshire elections of 1715. The personal correspondence includes Sir Francis' attempts to acquire an Army position for his son with the assistance of prominent men such as the Earl of Bridgwater, the Duke of Bolton and the Duke of Marlborough. There are also some miscellaneous items relating to the Molyneux family, from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, including a marriage settlement and genealogy.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Francis Molyneux (of the Molyneux family of Teversal, Nottinghamshire) served as Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire while the office of Lord Lieutenant was occupied first by John Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle upon Tyne, and subsequently by Thomas Pelham Holles, 2nd Duke of Newcastle upon Tyne (1st Duke of Newcastle under Lyne fron 1756). As Deputy Lieutenant, Sir Francis was actively involved in the suppression of Roman Catholicism in the county.


The collection is arranged in five sections: personal and official correspondence from the two Lord Lieutenants and miscellaneous Molyneux family items.

Access Information

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers.

REPROGRAPHIC: Photocopies and photographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.

Other Finding Aids

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

  • In the Reading Room, University of Nottingham Library: Typescript Catalogue, 8 pp
  • At the National Register of Archives, London: Typescript Catalogue, 8 pp

Conditions Governing Use

COPYRIGHT: Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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 advance in writing from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections (email ). The Department will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but the responsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the reader.

LANGUAGE: English.

Custodial History

The collection was purchased from an unknown vendor in February 1922. However, it is clearly part of the Molyneux family archive, deposited with the University of Nottingham Library in 1977 by Lord Carnarvon. Both collections include letters to Sir Francis from the 1st and 2nd Dukes of Newcastle, and documents noted on a handwritten list of papers within this collection are dispersed throughout the 1977 deposit. Furthermore, a letter from Savile Foljambe to Lady Carnarvon (Molt 5/9) indicates that both collections were once in her possession.

Related Material

  • Molyneux Papers (GB 159 Mol)

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