Papers of John Tasker and the Evans, later Tasker-Evans, family of Upton Castle

Scope and Content

Papers of John Tasker of the East India Company and Upton Castle, 1775-1802; papers of the Rev. William Evans, 1795-1837, including personal and estate matters, papers of the Rev. William Paynter Evans, 1826-1853; papers of Dr John Tasker Evans, 1833-1891; papers of Admiral Richard Evans of Upton Court, 1881-1927; and prints and photographs, [c. 1800]-1932.

Administrative / Biographical History

Captain John Tasker of the East India Company purchased Upton Castle, Upton, Pembrokeshire, in the second half of the 18th century. On his death in 1800, the estate devolved on his three nieces as co-heiresses. The estate finally settled on Maria, a grand-niece who married firstly the Rev. Thomas Woods, and, secondly, the Rev. William Evans, of Hook Norton, Pembrokeshire. Their heir was the Rev. William Paynter Evans, the eldest of triplets, of Cosheston, Pembrokeshire, and Upton. The last of the male line to live at Upton Castle was Admiral Richard Evans, who died in 1927. Dr John Tasker Evans of Hertford, Hertfordshire, and Upton Castle was a relative. The estate later passed to Major Richard Charles John Tasker-Evans (d. May 1992), of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.


Arranged into the following: papers of John Tasker; papers relating to the affairs of John Tasker after his death; papers of the Rev. William Evans; personal and estate matters; executorship and legacies; the Oxfordshire lands; ecclesiastical matters; papers of the Rev. William Paynter Evans; papers of Dr John Tasker Evans; papers of Admiral Richard Evans; prints and photographs; and miscellaneous items.

Access Information

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Major Richard Charles John Tasker-Evans of 18 The Verneys, Cheltenham, in September 1985.


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); Nicholas, Thomas, Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County families of Wales, (London, 2 vols, 1872), vol. II.

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Pembrokeshire Record Office and the National Register of Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at the Pembrokeshire Record Office have been retained.


Accruals are not expected

Geographical Names