Papers relating to the Estates of the Earl of Cawdor

Scope and Content

Cawdor estate, manorial records of the Manor of Burton, 1840-1920; Manor of Walton East, 1793-1920; Manor Court court rolls, 1793-1920; suit rolls, 1797-1874, jurymen, 1802-1860; writs, 1794-1884; register of admission of Freemen, 1766-1812; burgesses list, 1780-1832; post-1832 electoral papers, 1833-1895, Wiston Estate miscellaneous, 1794-1915; Cawdor Estate general conveyances, [c.1848]-1920; and Manor of Burton, chief rents, 1926-1936.

Administrative / Biographical History

On the death of Sir Gilbert Lort, of Stackpole Court, Pembrokeshire, in 1698, the estate passed to his sister and heiress, Elizabeth, who was married to Sir Alexander Campbell, of Cawdor Castle, Scotland. Through this marriage, the Campbells attained substantial estates in Wales. She died in 1714, and her great-grandson, John Campbell of Stackpool Court, was created Baron Cawdor of Castlemartin, Pembrokeshire, in 1796. His son, John Frederick (1790-1860), was elevated to an earldom in 1827 as Earl Cawdor of Castlemartin. The second Earl was his eldest son, John Frederick Vaughan Campbell (1817-1860). He was the MP for Pembrokeshire, 1841-1859, and was married to Sarah Mary Cavendish (d. 1881). Their eldest son, Frederick Archibald Vaughan Campbell (1847-1911), was the 3rd. Earl of Cawdor, from 1898-1911, and Viscount Emlyn, 1847-1898. He was the Conservative MP for Carmarthenshire, 1874-1885. The Cawdor estate in Pembrokeshire included the lordship of several manors; it alos owned the Wiston estate.


Arranged into the following: Manorial records; burgesses list; electoral papers; miscellaneous; Cawdor Estate; and Manor of Burton.

Access Information

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information

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


Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Pembrokeshire Record Office, Papers relating to the Estates of the Earl of Cawdor catalogue; 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).

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 papers came into the possession of Messrs RTP Williams, Solicitors.


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