Records of the Higgon family of Scolton Manor and of Fernhill

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Records of the Higgon family, comprising Scolton manorial court records, 1736-1745; court books, 1869-1901; maps, 1760-1841; and deeds and estate papers, accounts, correspondence, family papers, and tithe papers, 1709-1968.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Higgon family had lived in Scolton Manor, Spittal, Pembrokeshire, since the 16th century. The mansion was destroyed by lightning in the mid-18th century and the family resided in Haverfordwest until 1841. The first recorded member of the family to live there was James Higgon (d. 1732) who married Elinor Harries of Porthelly. The estate descended in the male line until John Donald George Higgon (1832-1898). His wife, Edith Emily (née Thompson, of Liverpool) succeeded to Scolton. She died in 1937. Their grandson, Colonel John Henry Victor Higgon (b. 1902) sold the estate in 1972 to Pembrokeshire County Council, who converted it to Scolton Manor Museum and Country Park.

Arrangement

Arranged into the following: manorial court records; court books; maps; and deeds and estate papers.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Messrs RTP Williams, Solicitors, Bridge Street, Haverfordwest

Note

Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Pembrokeshire Record Office, Records of the Higgon family of Scolton Manor; Nicholas, Thomas, Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County Families of Wales, (London, 2000); The Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940, (London, 1959); Jones, Francis, Historic Houses of Pembrokeshire and their Families, (Newport, 1996); Burke's Landed Gentry 18th ed. ( London,1965)

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.

Custodial History

The records came into the possession of Messrs RTP Williams, Solicitors.

Accruals

Accruals are not expected.

Related Material

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

Geographical Names