Scope and Content

Boydell family papers, 1778-1909, including deeds, 1778-1909, mainly relating to lands in Rossett, Burton, and Allington, Denbighshire, 1778-1909, and Wembury, Devon, 1780-[1890]; family papers, including marriage settlements, 1837-1898; wills, 1833-1900; miscellaneous estate papers, 1843-1904; and miscellaneous, 1835-1889.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Boydell family, of Rossett, Denbighshire, lived at Rossett Hall, built in 1750 by John Boydell (1719-1804), publisher, engraver and silversmith, Mayor of London in 1790. The Hall remained with the family until the mid 1970s, when it became a hotel. The Boydell family also held land in the townships of Burton and Allington, in the parish of Gresford, Denbighshire. Thomas Boydell became the receiver of the Trevalyn estate, Denbighshire, in 1795. His son, John Boydell (b. 1768), of Trevalyn Hall, continued as the agent for the estate until c. 1835. He married Ann Golightly. In 1801, Josiah Boydell, of the Cam yr Alyn estate, Denbighshire, leased land in Allington and Burton to John Boydell of Croeshowel, Denbighshire, and James Boydell (fl. 1803-1844) of Rossett. James Boydell (b. 1778), son of Thomas (1729-1795) and Anne Boydell, née Ridley, held lands in Burton and Allington until c. 1844. His son, John Boydell (fl. 1864-1877) held lands in Rossett and Allington from 1864. In 1891, Richard Golightly Boydell, of Chester, Emma Penelope Boydell, of Rossett, Thomas Vowler Wickham, of Rossett, and his wife, Lucy Anne Vowler Wickham, née Boydell, Margarette Marianne Boydell, of Hollington, Sussex, Latham Wickham, clerk in Holy Orders, and Francis Barnston, of Malpas, Cheshire, leased Rossett Hall to Leonard Johnson Dobie and Archie McNeile, and then to a number of tenants until at least 1909. The family also held land in Wembury, Devon, and Liverpool, Lancashire.


Arranged into the following: Denbighshire and Flintshire deeds; Devon deeds; Liverpool deeds; marriage settlements; wills and administrations; miscellaneous; and estate.

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Acquisition Information

Deposited by Messrs Gamon & Co., solicitors, Chester, per Cheshire Record Office, 1971.


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All records deposited at Flintshire Record Office have been retained.


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