Papers relating to the Bertie family, Earls of Lindsey

Scope and Content

Lindsey MSS. comprising:

  • letters and papers relating to Sir Thomas Osborne latter Earl of Danby and Duke of Leeds, 1672-1713 and (one) 1745
  • treasury accounts and papers, 1671-9
  • papers connected with the accounts of Sir William Warren, a contractor to the Navy Board, 1667-95
  • miscellaneous memoranda, c. 1670-1700, including memoranda on the coal trade (1671-91), the Mint (1677-8), First fruits and tenths, the Office of clerk of the patents, the office of writer of the Tallies, c. 1672, and the composition trade, c. 1674.
  • entry book of Charles Bertie about a mission to Copenhagen, 1665-1700; English merchamts' claims, 1671; and other papers, 1667-1700 (with incomplete duplicate)
  • Charles Bertie's diary of a journey in France, 5 July 1660-18 Oct. 1662
  • letter from Robert Bertie 4th Earl of Lindsey to William Cavendish 1st Duke of Devonshire

Administrative / Biographical History

The papers were in the possession of Montagu Peregrine Albemarle Bertie (1861-1938).

Access Information

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

Acquisition Information

Deposited in the Library through the Historical Manuscripts Commission in 1955.


Collection level description created by Susan Thomas, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

A description is available in the Library, where there is also a card index to unpublished catalogues.


The manuscripts have been calendered by the Historical Manuscripts Commission; see C.G.O. Bridgeman, M.A., and J.C. Walker, M.A (eds.) Supplementary report on the manuscripts of the late Montagu Bertie, twelfth Earl of Lindsey, formerly preserved at Uffington house, Stamford, Lincolnshire, A.D. 1660-1702 (London, HMSO: 1942).