Papers of the Molyneux Family of Teversal, Nottinghamshire, 1677-1868

Scope and Content

The collection spans the late seventeenth century through to the mid-nineteenth century. It consists chiefly of sections of personal family correspondence (mainly from the eighteenth century) covering family matters, local elections, and social and current affairs, with some genealogical material (pedigrees, wills, inventories, monumental inscriptions). There are also a number of poems, songs, remedies and recipes from the late seventeenth/early eighteenth century and some legal papers, including a statement regarding the duel between Lord Byron and William Chaworth.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Teversal branch of the Molyneux family, to which the collection chiefly relates, traces its ancestry from William de Molines, through the Earls of Sefton and the Nottinghamshire branch founded by Sir Thomas Molyneux (d 1492) of Haughton and Thorpe, to Francis Molyneux, High Sheriff of Nottingham. He inherited Teversal by his marriage to Elizabeth, grand daughter of Roger Greenhalgh, in 1562. Sir John Molyneux (Francis Molyneux's grandson) was created a baronet in 1611 by James I.

The baronetcy became extinct in 1812 when Sir Francis Molyneux, the seventh baronet, died without issue. The estates passed to his nephew, Henry Thomas Howard (1766-1824) who assumed the name Molyneux. His daughter, Henrietta, married Lord Porchester in 1830 and became Countess of Carnarvon in 1837. The Molyneux estates stayed in the Carnarvon family until 1929, when they were offered for auction.


The documents are contained within two volumes and one box file. The former are arranged in rough chronological order.

Conditions Governing Access

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers.

REPROGRAPHIC: Photocopies and photographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.

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, 34 pp
  • At the National Register of Archives, London: Typescript Catalogue, 34 pp

Separated Material

  • Papers of the Herbert family of Pixton Park, in the Somerset Record Office, include material about the Teversal estate and members of the family, DD/DRU.

Conditions Governing Use

COPYRIGHT: Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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 advance in writing from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections (email ). The Department will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but the responsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the reader.

LANGUAGE: English.

Custodial History

The papers were assembled, probably in the 1950s and 1960s, by Henrietta, Lady Carnarvon, who, as the last descendant, wished to record the history of her family. The collection was mounted in two bound volumes. These were acquired by Nottingham University Library in 1977.

Related Material

  • Papers of Sir Francis Molyneux and the Molyneux family of Teversal, 1706-1901 (GB 159 Molt)