Lort Muniments

Scope and Content

Family and estate papers of the Lort family of Stackpole Court, Pembrokeshire, comprising deeds, [13 cent.]-1754, relating mainly to lands in Pembrokeshire, properties in north-east Carmarthenshire, and to the manor of Castlemartin, Pembrokeshire, 1451-1650.

Administrative / Biographical History

The earliest known owner of the Stackpole Court estate was Sir Leonard de Stackpole, a crusader. The estate passed into the hands of the Vernon family of Haddon Hall, Derbyshire, who left the family steward, George Lort, who came from Staffordshire, in charge of the Stackpole estate. He purchased the estate in the mid-16th century.George Lort's descendant, Roger Lort (d. c. 1664), purchased Merrion Court, Warren, Pembrokeshire after 1623. In Carmarthenshire, he purchased Rushmoor, in the parish of Llanfihangel Abercywyn from John Philipps in 1627, and Abercrychan, Llanfair-ar-y-bryn, in the same county in 1662. Brownslade in Castlemartin, Pembrokeshire, also formed part of the Stackpole estate.Roger Lort was succeeded by his son, Sir John Lort. His heir was his eldest son, Sir Gilbert Lort (d. 1698), who died unmarried. The estate passed to his sister, Elizabeth, who married Sir Alexander Campbell, son of Sir Hugh Campbell, of Cawdor Castle, Nairn, Scotland, who also owned the Golden Grove estate in Carmarthenshire. The Stackpole estate thereafter fore descended in the Campbell family.


Arranged chronologically

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

Deposited by the Earl of Cawdor, Cawdor Castle, Nairn, Scotland.


Compiled by Mair James for the HMC/NLW Family and Estates project.The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Jones, Francis, Historic Houses of Pembrokeshire and their Families, (Newport, 1996); Jones, Francis, Historic Carmarthenshire Homes and their families, (Newport, 1997); Burke's Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England, (London, 1838); Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940, (London, 1959).

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Carmarthenshire Archive Service and the National Register of Archives. Further details about manorial records within the archive can be accessed from the Manorial Documents Register.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Carmarthenshire Archive Service have been retained


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