Records of the Kniveton family of Osmaston, Derbyshire, 1569-1746, the Rev. EdmundMeynott of South Normanton, Derbyshire, 1733-1739, and the Bailey family of Blidworth,Nottinghamshire, 1806-1906

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises three main parts:

Estate papers of the Kniveton family at Osmaston including deeds, leases and releases, bonds andagreements, 1569-1746 (MS 333/1-47 and 53).

Records concerning Rev. Edmund Meynott and his daughters including mortgages, agreements andleases, 1733-1772 (MS 333/48-52 and 54).

Records of the Bailey family including deeds, releases, mortgages and wills, 1806-1875 (MS333/55-63).

The only item in the collection with no clear connection to the Kniveton, Meynott or Baileyfamilies is a lease of Grove House and lands in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire from the 6th Duke ofPortland to William Chadburn, September 1906 (MS 333/64).

Despite the uncertainty that surrounds the history of the Bailey and Kniveton families, thecollection would be of value to anyone researching either the family, the villages of Osmaston andBlidworth or the administration of estates and title in the 18th century generally. The collectionincludes examples of many types of documents that ordinarily appear in estate and familycollections, although it represents a small proportion of what would have originally existed.

Administrative / Biographical History

The history of the Kniveton family at Osmaston is poorly documented. A Kniveton family ofMercaston, Derbyshire is better recorded, as a baronetage for that family was created on 29 June1611 for William Kniveton (d.1632). His son, Sir Gilbert Kniveton of Mercaston, held property inBradley, Derbyshire which his successor, Sir Andrew Kniveton, sold to the Meynell family. Thebaronetage became extinct following the death of the fourth baronet, Sir Thomas Kniveton, in about1706. A different Thomas Kniveton is recorded as being elected coroner for Derbyshire in 1616 and isdescribed as a 'gentleman' who was also coroner for the borough of Derby in 1639. William Knyveton(baronet) was a justice of the peace for Derbyshire in 1594, 1604 and 1624.

White's 1857 directory for Derbyshire affirms the connection between the Kniveton family with thevillage of Osmaston near Ashbourne, Derbyshire. In 1712, a Thomas Kniveton bequeathed the rentreceived from his lands for a sermon in Osmaston church to be given on Ascension Day and St.Thomas's day or, by default, to the poor. Matthew Kniveton died in the possession of the manor ofOsmundestune [Osmaston] in 1562 and the manor later passed with the Kniveton's Bradley estate to theMeynells, suggesting a link with the Knivetons of Mercaston.

The Meynotts are referred to in several documents in this collection and seem to provide the keyto the connection between the Knivetons and the Baileys. Rev. Edmund Meynott was the Rector of SouthNormanton, Derbyshire in the 1730s who purchased coal mines in the parish from Francis Revell. Itseems likely that Meynott also owned land in Osmaston as well as South Normanton. He had at leastthree daughters, Susanna, Rebecca and Ann. Rebecca and Ann married men from Blidworth.

The history of the Bailey (or 'Baily' as it is spelt in some documents in this collection) familyis equally unclear. James Bailey is recorded in White's 1832 directory of Nottinghamshire as afarmer and surveyor living on Pythorn Hill, Blidworth. William Bailey was a gentleman and a landvaluer at Halam in 1932 and it is likely that James was his son. The bond in this collectiondemonstrates that there is certainly a connection between these two men. By 1855, it appears thatJames was succeeded by John Bailey as the farmer on Pythorn Hill, an occupation and address that heretained until at least 1881. By 1887, no Baileys are recorded as resident at Blidworth.


The collection has been listed chronologically in one numerical sequence.

Conditions Governing Access

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers.

REPROGRAPHIC: Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposesonly, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

Conditions Governing Use

COPYRIGHT: Permission to make published use of any material from this collection must be soughtin advance in writing from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections(email TheDepartment will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but this is often difficult andresponsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the person wishingto publish.


Custodial History

There is almost certainly a connection between the papers of the Kniveton and Bailey families inthis collection that were acquired by The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts inMarch 1983 from the same source although the descent of the records and this provenance historyremains obscure. The 1772 deed in the collection (MS 333/54) does confirm a link between land inOsmaston and people from Blidworth, with the connection being the Rev. Edmund Meynott and hisdaughters.