Papers of Sir George and Lady Hester Duncombe

Scope and Content

The papers comprise the marriage settlements of Isabella Margaretta Cockayne Pauncefort Duncombe and Arthur Flower (1873) and George Augustus Duncombe and Hester Allardyce (1890), the wills of George and Hester Duncombe (1921) and a small number of property papers and tenancy papers.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Duncombes were originally from Buckinghamshire, though one branch of the family settled in Helmsley in the early eighteenth century. Sir George Augustus Duncombe was born in 1848, the 4th son of Admiral Arthur Duncombe (1806-1889) of Kilnwick Percy Hall in Pocklington in the East Riding of Yorkshire, who was himself the 4th son of Charles Duncombe, 1st Baron Feversham (1764-1841), of Duncombe Park, Helmsley, Yorkshire (Burke, The peerage and baronetage).

George Duncombe was educated at Harrow and became a Justice of the Peace and Deputy Lieutenant for the East Riding. He was a senior partner in Beckett & Co., the York and East Riding Bank, was director of the Yorkshire Insurance Co., chairman of the Beverley Waterworks and was very active as Treasurer of the East Riding County Council and several local societies including the Holderness Conservative Association. He also rose to Colonel in the 3rd battalion of the East Yorkshire Regiment. In 1890 he married Hester Allardyce, daughter of Colonel John Allardyce of Scarborough. Their son, Archibald Charles Duncombe (b.1894) predeceased them in 1909. George Duncombe was created baronet on 1919. He died in 1933 (Burke, The peerage and baronetage; Scott, Contemporary biographies, p.111).

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Related Material

Hull University Archives:

U U DDCV/216/27; DDGE/6/70


  • Burke, B & A (eds), A genealogical and heraldic history of the peerage and baronetage (1925)
  • Scott, Herbert W, The North and East Ridings of Yorkshire at the opening of the twentieth century: contemporary biographies (1903)