Higgon family deeds and estate papers

Scope and Content

Deeds and estate papers relating to the Higgon estate in Pembrokeshire, 1549-1898; sale particulars; 1788-1869; papers relating to collieries, 1844-1849; estate management records, 1853-1901; accounts, 1753-1911; solicitor's accounts, 1840-1879; family papers, 1818-1909; correspondence and papers about local schools and churches, 1847-1898; papers relating to hunting, 1826-1891; papers relating to the Pembrokeshire Conservative Association and elections, 1837-1892; and tithe papers, 1838-1869. A further group includes deeds, diaries, letters and personal papers, 1756-1857.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Higgon family had resided at Scolton, Pembrokeshire, since at least the 16th century. The first recorded member of the family to live there was James Higgon (d. 1732). His grandson, the Rev. James Higgon, (1713-1799) married Mary, daughter and co-heiress of an M. Philipps of Ford, although there is no evidence relating to the ownership of the property by the Higgon family. The estate descended in the male line until John Donald George Higgon, who died in 1898. His wife, Edith Emily Higgon, succeeded to Scolton. She died in 1937.


Arranged into the following: deeds and estate papers, accounts, correspondence, family papers, hunting; military, Conservative Association and elections, papers and correspondence on Whitland and Cardigan Railway Company, and tithe papers; and a second group of diaries, letters and personal papers, and other papers.

Access Information

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Lt Col J. H. V. Higgon, Scolton, Haverfordwest, May-June 1972, with further papers transferred from the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, per Mrs Susan Hewitt, Spring Wells, Spittal, Haverfordwest with permission from Mr Peter Robin Higgon, Newton Hall, Crundale, Haverfordwest, April 1987.


Compiled by Mair James for the HMC/NLW Family and Estates project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Burke's Landed Gentry ( London, 18th ed, three vols,1965-72), vol III, Jones, Francis, Historic Houses of Pembrokeshire and their Families, (Newport, 1996); Nicholas, Thomas, Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County families of Wales, (London, 2 vols, 1872), vol II.

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Pembrokeshire Record Office and the National Register of Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at the Pembrokeshire Record Office have been retained.


Accruals are not expected

Related Material

Further papers relating to the Higgon family are Pembrokeshire Record Office, D/RTP/HIG.

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