Papers of the Monckton-Arundell Family, Viscounts Galway of Serlby Hall, Nottinghamshire,early 13th century-1943

Scope and Content

The vast bulk of this collection consists of deeds and settlements covering the 13th to the 19thcentury. Most of the deeds relate to lands in Yorkshire but there are also deeds relating to NorthNottinghamshire and to other counties such as Cornwall, Cheshire and Lincolnshire. There are also anumber of manorial records relating to Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire including court rolls for SouthNewbald, Yorkshire.

The estate records consist of conveyances, surveys, rentals, accounts and correspondence andagain relate to Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire, in particular Scrooby in Nottinghamshire and Caviland Pontefract in Yorkshire. Also amongst the estate papers are several items relating to electionsin Pontefract and elsewhere in Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire.

The collection also includes a number of estate, personal and household accounts and the accountsof William Monckton, 2nd Viscount Galway (d 1772), as Receiver General of the Crown Lands. Legalpapers, ecclesiastical papers including registers, wills and items concerning tithes, householdinventories and genealogical papers are also present in the collection.

Of particular significance are the personal, political and diplomatic papers which include theEnglish Civil War memoirs and correspondence of Philip Monckton (c.1620-1679), and papers of RobertArundell (1696-1758), Surveyor General and Master of the Mint. There are items concerning a numberof notable political and diplomatic figures including Henry Pelham and his brother the Duke ofNewcastle, the Wentworth family, Earls Strafford, Sir John Goodricke and the Duke of Cumberland.Papers of George Vere Arundell, 8th Viscount Galway and Governor-General of New Zealand are alsopresent in this section. (See also GB 159 Ga 2G).

A final group of papers reflects the families coal mining interests and activities in Yorkshireand Nottinghamshire in the 19th and 20th centuries, centred upon the Hodroyd and MoncktonCollieries.

Administrative / Biographical History

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


The listing order reflects an earlier arrangement and numbering system, made when the papers werestill in private hands. The collection begins at the reference number Ga 9201.

Access Information

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers. Access tosome 20th century material is restricted; prospective readers should seek advice from thedepartment.

LANGUAGE: English, Latin

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, 490 pp
  • At the National Register of Archives, London:Typescript Catalogue, 417 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 was acquired in 1953.

Related Material

  • Further papers of the Monckton-Arundell family, Viscounts Galway Ga C and Ga 2