Papers of the Monckton-Arundell Family, Viscounts Galway of Serlby Hall, Nottinghamshire,1680-1958

Scope and Content

This collection consists primarily of files of correspondence, held in distinct series relatingto different members of the family. There are letters to the 5th Viscount and Viscountess Galway,the 6th Viscount and Viscountess, the 7th Viscount and Viscountess and the 8th Viscount andViscountess. There are also a number of letters to the 3rd Baron Annaly and his wife, the parents ofthe 8th Viscountess.

A large number of the letters are from other family members and letters from the above are to befound amongst the correspondence and papers of others. Many of the letters concern family and socialevents but a large number also relate to contemporary events and political matters.

In addition to the correspondence, a considerable number of items are grouped into miscellaneoussections. These sections include further correspondence which is arranged by subject rather thancorrespondent, together with other personal papers. In subject matter these range from documentsconcerning estate matters, coal mining, elections and hunting to more ephemeral items such asinvitations, visiting cards and prescriptions.

The vast amount of correspondence and the personal papers and ephemera clearly demonstrate thelives, activities and interests of the members of the Galway family and their circle during the 18thand 19th Centuries. Papers relating to the 5th Viscount, 6th Viscount and Viscountess and the 7thViscount Galway are present in other accruals (see GB 159 Ga C). Papers of the 8th Viscount Galway,Governor General of New Zealand are present in the main collection (GB 159 Ga 9201-13257).

Administrative / Biographical History

These papers form part of the archive of the Monckton-Arundell family, Viscounts Galway.(GB 159Ga 9201-Ga 2I).


The main series of papers are arranged primarily by recipient of letters and owner of papers andthen in alphabetical order of correspondent, and date order. Some later series are arranged bysubject.

Access Information

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers. Access tosome 20th century material is restricted; prospective readers should contact the department foradvice.


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, 571 pp
  • At the National Register of Archives, London:2 volume typescript Catalogue, 490 pp
  • On the national A2A (Access to Archives) website.Online access to the typescript finding aid.

Conditions Governing Use

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

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 advancein writing from the Keeper of Manuscripts and Special Collections (email

Custodial History

The collection came to the University library, from the family, in three stages between 1971 and1974.

Related Material

  • Further papers of the Monckton-Arundell family, Viscounts Galway Ga 9201-13257 and Ga C