Brigadier H. R. S. Massy Papers

Scope and Content

Records collected by Brigadier H. R. S. Massy, 1805-1909, mainly relating to land in the Pembrokeshire parishes of Rudbaxton, 1805-1845, and Prendergast, 1847-1873.

Administrative / Biographical History

Brigadier Hugh Royds Stokes Massy (1884-1965) of Cottesmore and Mount Pleasant, Prendergast, Pembrokeshire, accumulated records relating to properties in Pembrokeshire, including The Cotts, a mansion in Prendergast, Pembrokeshire, which had been owned by Louis Devandes in the early 19th century, and the Peel family from 1814. Jonathan Haworth Peel (fl. 1821-1839) held farms and Slouth corn mill in the parish of Rudbaxton, Pembrokeshire, and in 1835 his daughter Helen Peel married Edward Taylor Massy, and in 1839 he bought Cotts from his father-in-law and began building a new residence. This was completed in 1841 and was called Cottesmore. The Massy family lived at Cottesmore until the mid 20th century. The Mount Pleasant estate, Prendergast, was owned by the Priddle family in the mid 19th century. In 1873 the estate was held by Edward Taylor Massy of Cottesmore.


Arranged into the following: Deeds relating to Cotts, Prendergast; In chancery records; Deeds relating to Rudbaxton; Deeds relating to Mount Pleasant, Prendergast.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Zurich Financial Services, 2002.


Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Pembrokeshire Record Office, Brigadier H. R. S. Massy, catalogue; KnowUK website ( viewed 17 June 2005; Jones, Major Francis, Historic Houses of Pembrokeshire and Their Families (Newport, 1996)

Other Finding Aids

A hard copy is available in Pembrokeshire Record Office.

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Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records donated to Pembrokeshire Record Office have been retained.


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