This collection is rich in medieval title deed material and, as a general rule, the papers largely relate to the property and estates of this very long-established East Riding family.
U DDSQ solely comprises estate papers under the following sections: Burton Agnes (1699-1796) being an original bundle of papers relating to two barns and tithes of hay and corn; Flixton (1618); Foston (1825-1833); Haisthorpe (1398, 1700); Harpham (1297-1815); Kilnwick (1583); Little Kelk (1703); Lowthorpe (1779-1787); Nafferton (1669) being a court roll; Scampston (1771-1847) including the 1847 Scampston tithe award; Thornholme (1787-1792); various townships (1348-1848) including a 14th century copy of a 1220-1348 parchment roll and an abstract of the title of William St Quintin to estates at Harpham and Burton Agnes 1767-1811; Essex (1655-1819) being papers about property in High Laver including a 1655 survey of the manor and a 1767 survey of the hall; London (1550-1694) being an original bundle about property in New Fish Street in the parish of St Margaret's (an inn that goes through several names). The rest of U DDSQ comprises settlements (1514-1822) including the marriage settlements of Herbert St Quintin and Mary Stapleton (1620), William St Quintin and Elizabeth Strickland (1653) and William St Quintin and Rebecca Thompson (1724); wills (1649-1782) being those of William St Quintin (1649), Elizabeth Buck (1668), William St Quintin (1723) and Edward Brodrick (1782). There is also one 18th century pedigree.
U DDSQ2 and U DDSQ3 are more varied deposits including accounts, legal and estate correspondence, some miscellaneous family material and a few plans. Details of the contents of these two deposits follow. For U DDSQ2: Burton Agnes (1722); Foston (1720-1803) including some papers of the Hanchett family, the enclosure act of 1776, some sale documents and a letter about an early corn mill 1792 and the wills of William Warner (1789), Henry Tinegate (1756) and William Botterill (1767); Harpham (late 18th century) being a survey and rental; Kelk (1661-1848) including an original bundle about enclosure and the claim of William St Quintin and the wills of Ralph Porter (1687) and Ralph Porter (1698); Lowthorpe (1759-1859) including correspondence and plans about the Nafferton enclosure award with plans of the railway, the 1848 St Quintin title to the old house and manor farm and the wills of Wastel Briscoe (1795) and John Briscoe (1806); Ruston and Thornholme (1778-1859) including a mortgage of 1785 and the sale to trustees in 1853 and the will of William St Quintin (1797); Rillington (1344, 1711, 1844-1846) including the endowment of the vicarage by the archbishop of York in 1344 and papers about tithes; Scampston (1623-1903) including abstracts of title, mortgages, surveys and rentals and lettings; Thorpe Bassett (1818-1826); Buckinghamshire (1826) being about Swanbourne cow barn; Essex (1766-1863) including the pedigree of Robert Scawen 1670-1766 and papers about High Laver Hall and the running of Wilmores Farm; Gloucestershire (1831); Hampshire (1822-1827) being papers about Charlotte Steed; London (1830-1863) being papers about property in New Fish Street; Middlesex (1759-1924) including a 1759 volume of coloured plans of the manor of Nottingbarns belonging to Thomas Darby, correspondence about Nottingbarns Farm and the building of the Hippodrome in 1839, an abstract of the title of Herbert St Quintin in 1924 and an original bundle about 27 Bruton Street in Berkeley Square; various townships (1718-1842).
U DDSQ2 has a variety of other types of archives as follows: accounts (1777-1860) including accounts related to legal affairs; bonds (1539-1838); correspondence (1779-1848) including 170 letters to Oddie Forster and Lumley solicitors 1830-1848; legal papers (1794-1857) including papers about the will of William Thomas St Quintin 1805-1819 and a large bundle of papers about the mental illness of William St Quintin 1853-1857; rentals (1819-1849) being a very complete set of rentals for St Quintin property in the East Riding covering 1819-1849 and rentals for High Laver in the 1830s; settlements (1747-1840) including a settlement between William St Quintin and George Darby to settle St Quintin debts in 1785, an original bundle about the marriage of Charlotte Fane and William St Quintin in 1758 including the will of Anne Deane (1747) and the marriage settlement of William Thomas Darby and Arabella Calcraft (1794); various deeds (1787-1844) including a few vouchers for High Laver. Miscellaneous material in U DDSQ2 includes an 1822 draft pedigree, the Hull Docks Bill of 1840 and a certificate of burial for Arabella Bridget St Quintin (1841). Wills are those of: William St Quintin (1723); letters of administration for John Thompson (1753); William St Quintin (1768); grant of probate for Thomas Darby (1769); Dulcibella Darby (1784); William St Quintin (1787); letters of administration for Richard Jackson (1787); William Petch (1789); George Darby (1790); letters of administration for Anne Darby (1790); William St Quintin (1793); Catherine Griffith (1799); William Thomas St Quintin (1805); William St Quintin (1830); letters of administration for George Darby (1835); letters of administration for Anne Darby (1835); letters of administration for William Thomas Darby (1835); Francis St Quintin (1857); William St Quintin (1830) with codicils 1837-1842. There is also an original bundle of papers relating to the Gould family of Ealing including the will of Charles Morgan (1782).
U DDSQ3 has much the same composition as U DDSQ2 only is richer in estate correspondence and miscellanous papers. In detail, the estate papers are as follows: Burton Agnes (1759-1858) being about tithes on corn and hay; Foston (1808-1857) including papers on the mill and the 1850s letting to a brewery company; Gransmoor (1701) being a letter about the pre-enclosure survey; Great Kelk (1841-1857) being papers about enclosure; Haisthorpe (1831-1857) including papers about rates paid for tithes; Harpham (1714-1760) including a 1714 survey, estimates for repairing the house in 1831, some notices to quit and tenancy agreements and a memorandum about the interment of a St Quintin family member in their vault; Langton (1850) being the rules of the cricket club; Lowthorpe (1780-1898) including papers about and plans of Lowthorpe mills and lodge, work done on the church in 1859 and leases and tenancy agreements; Nafferton (1779-1871) including leases and the 1841 plan and sale of the corn mill; North Frodingham (1828-1869); Norton (1840s) being one proposal for insuring a saw mill; Rillington (1845-1852) being papers about the title of the York and North Midland Railway; Ruston Parva (1820-1887) including tenancy agreements and papers and specifications for a new church and chancel in 1832; Scampston (1782-1944) including valuations of timber and inventories of furniture and house contents and leases of the house; Thornholme (1714-1858) including a 1714 survey and tenancy agreements; Thorpe Bassett (1783-1903) including an inventory of the goods of Robert Gypson 1834; various townships (1777-1878) including timber surveys and cropping books of the 1840s, charity distribution in the 1850s, an original bundle about land for the Hull to Bridlington railway and another for the York to Scarborough railway, an original bundle of papers of John Clumber of Malton 1814-1843 and the 1828 building accounts for the school at Harpham; London and Middlesex (1569-1827) including a 1569 lease for the messuage called 'the sign of the ship', the letters patent of Charles I in 1641 to John, Earl Rivers, and his mother, Elizabeth, Viscountess Savage, to pull down the decayed mansion and other tenements to build five good houses and 42 smaller houses on a street leading up to Tower Hill, 17th century leases and an 1827 insurance policy for a house at Sunbury; Binham, Norfolk (1354-1582) including a memorandum of the customs 1354-1506 and a 514 folio, bound volume 'View and Survey' of the manor of Bynton dated 1576 including an agreement dated 1432 of William Byrt, prior of the convent of Bynham for holding divine service and for installing a bell weighing 800 pounds; Yorkshire, North Riding ( 1856-1888) including the 1888 programme of amateur theatricals at the Theatre Royal in Malton.
The remainder of U DDSQ3 falls into the following sections: accounts (1785-1787) including trust accounts and cash books; Beverley and Barmston Drainage (1798-1876); legal papers (1871-1881) including papers in a poaching case; rentals (1785-1860) being very full records of rentals on all estates; settlements (1767-1789) including the marriage settlement of George Darby and Mary St Quintin (1767); shrievalty (1841-1842) being minutes, lists of judges and lists of juries relating to the duties of sheriff in that year; various deeds (1785-1834); plans (1747-1938). There is also a pedigree of the Claxton family (17th century) and correspondence (1831-1889) including several hundred letters to John Clumber and Alfred Simpson, estate agents, covering all estate affairs including the building of schools and churches and 65 letters to William St Quintin in the 1880s. U DDSQ3 has some interesting miscellaneous material (1812-1902) including papers about the funeral of Arabella Bridget St Quintin in 1841 and the diary of Amy St Quintin in 1857 chronicling her husband's mental illness, as well as the diaries of William Henry St Quintin in Europe in the early 1870s, an 1884 wine list of Hedges and Butler and brass rubbings of St Quintin monuments at Harpham church.
There are also several original bundles of family papers catalogued as U DRA/1075-1209. The latter comprise title deeds for Thurnholme and North Frodingham, for the manor of Harpham, for Ruston and for Thorpe Bassett; estate papers for Scampston; papers for Scagglethorpe and Rillington, including papers about the enclosure of Rillington; papers about the tithes of William St Quintin and Sir Griffith Boynton; papers about the East Yorkshire militia; the wills of William St Quintin (1723), William St Quintin (1768), Mary Dring (1730) and John Hanchett (1815) and the marriage settlements of John Greame and Mary Taylor (1699), John and Mary Hustler (1708) and Edward Dry and Abigail Thorley (1711).