Irby Family Papers

Scope and Content

Comprises deeds relating to members of the Irby family of Lligwy and their estates in England and Wales. Includes documents concerning property in the parishes of West Dean, Treyford and Shipley in Sussex; Hillingdon in Middlesex; Moulton in Lincolnshire; Whiston and Denton in Northamptonshire; Langley, Ivor, Hedsor (Headsore) and Woodburne in Buckinghamshire and Llanfair-yng-Nghornwy, Anglesey.

Also included is a letters patent of Queen Anne creating Edward Irby a baronet, 1704, and a probate of the will of Christian Elizabeth Irby, 1875.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Irby family name derives from Irby on Humber, Lincolnshire. The family seatswere Lligwy in Moelfre, Anglesey, Wales and Hedsor in Buckinghamshire. They also held other properties in England and in Ireland.

The peerage was created in 1704 when Edward Irby, MP for Boston in Lincolnshire, was made 1st Baronet. His only son, William Irby, born in 1706, was 2nd Baronet, and 1st Baron Boston, a title acquired in 1761. He held several high offices about court during the reigns of George I and II, and before acquiring the peerage sat in parliament representing Launceston and Bodmin in Cornwall.

Sir William Irby's eldest son Frederick, 2nd Baron Boston was born in 1749. His heir George, born 1777, was 3rd Baron Boston. George was succeeded by his eldest son, also George, 4th Baron Boston, born in 1802. He married and his heir was Florance George Henry, 5th Baron, born 1837, his heir being, George Florance, 6th Baron. Greville Northey Irby, 7th Baron, born 1889 was the son of Cecil Irby, second son of the 5th Baron.


Material is arranged in chronological order and incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts .

Access Information

Open to all users

Acquisition Information

Material was received on two separate occasions through the British Records Association and deposited at the Archives Department, University of Wales, Bangor, by Boodle, Hatfield and Co., Solicitors, 53 Davies Street, London W1.


Description compiled by Anne Lenaghan, March 2002.

Other Finding Aids

Item level word-processed list is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales, Bangor. Reference numbers: General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts: 33001-33010, 37124-37138

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright conditions apply. Reprographics are made at the discretion of the Archivist.

Related Material

Also held at the Archives Department of the University of Wales, Bangor are the Lligwy Additional Mss and the Lligwy Papers. Collection level descriptions are available on the HE Archives Hub .